Posts By: Jessi

I love my musician friends

I guess I'm a little punchy cause I stayed out late; for me, 9:30 pm is late. I had fun hanging with my friend L and singing Mexican folk songs. Well, he sang, I croaked through my rusty pipes. We would both like to learn the song Cucurucu La Paloma, which is a beauty. Thanks L for a fun evening! I am so lucky to have a friend who's a folk musician, and another friend M who's a punk rocker. They help keep my ears from getting too used to one kind of music.

Ratty’s misadventure

I'm writing this post with adrenaline rushing through my system. Ratty and I were having some mellow back yard time when suddenly a small tortoise-shell cat came up and yowled aggressively at him. Before I knew what was going on, he had broken his leash and both cats had scrambled into the yard behind our yard. I don't even know if they went over, under or through the fence! (Just in case you don't want to read the following saga, he's safe back home now. Read on for the stressful details.)

african pop from world circuit

I sure do owe the world a lot of blog posts. Someday soon I'll write them! Meanwhile, I apologetically offer you this entrancing playlist from the World Circuit label. I was already familiar with most of these artists, such as Toumani Diabaté, Orchestra Baobab, Buena Vista Social Club, Cheikh Lô, and Ali Farka Touré. But I can't believe I didn't know anything about Tony Allen! He was Fela Kuti's drummer from '68 to '79 and helped found the Afrobeat movement. This list kicks off with the title track of his new album, Secret Agent.