Posts By: Wanda Waterman St. Louis

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In Conversation With . . . Magnetic Ear, Part I

Magnetic Ear is a New Orleans pocket brass band whose members include Martin Krusche (tenor sax), Michael Watson (trombone), Wes Andersonn IV (trombone), Dan Oestreicher (baritone sax), Jason Jurzak (sousaphone), and Paul Thibodeaux (drums). Rooted in the brass band tradition (in particular the New Orleans second line tradition), the band incorporates an eclectic host of… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Even the Rain

Film: Even the Rain (También La Lluvia) (Vitagraph Films 2011). Director: Iciar Bollain. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar. ?We are a conquering race. We must obey our blood and occupy new markets and if necessary new lands.? Albert J. Beveridge ?Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Marwencol

DVD: Marwencol (Open Face 2010) Genre: Documentary Director: Jeff Malmberg ?All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream.? Edgar Allan Poe Traumatized Brain Generates Magical Kingdom Complete with Avenging Barbie Dolls After having received a vicious thrashing in a Kingston, New York bar, Mark Hogancamp spends nine days in a… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Ammar AlShukry

Ammar AlShukry is a Muslim poet living in Jamaica, New York. He recently chatted with Wanda Waterman St. Louis about inspiration, the role of poetry in the Muslim community, and the importance of listening. ?. . . And I will sit in the shade of your smile, and ask you your story directly from your… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Raleigh

Raleigh: New Times in Black and White (2011) A More Thoughtful, Elegant Indie ?If somebody wants a sheep, that is a proof that one exists.? Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince. This last Tuesday, the trio Raleigh released its debut album, a wondrous opus with original musical motifs in droves. Clea Anaïs, Brock Geiger,… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Daydream Nation

DVD: Daydream Nation (Anchor Bay, May 2011). Director: Michael Goldbach. Cast: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Rachel Blanchard, and Josh Lucas. How to Get Yourself Lost in the Woods ?Plato: I used to lie in my crib at night and I’d listen to them fight. Jim: Can you remember back that far? I can’t… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – House of Memory

Album: Rose Laughlin, House of Memory (Ramblin? Rose Records 2011). ?Beauty reclaims The desert of my heart With springs That quicken into streams Of joy; where thoughts, Like homing swallows, dart Through watered reaches Bright with dreams.? Marie Barton (quoted on the jacket of House of Memories). Beauty Reclaimed Folk music tends to be one… Read more »