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Mr. Okra has died, Henry Cowell’s “Tiger,” George Clinton on aliens

Mr. Okra, the famous singing veggie vendor of New Orleans has died. A celebration of his singing life ensued, as so:

But surely you want to hear his daily opus. Here it is, thanks to National Public Radio.


I have nothing further to say about this man, other than to note that he possessed a great voice, shared it generously, and lived a great life.

Meanwhile here is KALW in San Francisco radio host Sarah Cahill playing the heck out of Henry Cowell’s not-for-the-faint of heart piano piece “Tiger.”

And I close with George Clinton’s comments on cultural appropriation and UFO aliens, as quoted in Rolling Stone:

How do you feel about white artists doing black music?
I’d bite off the Beatles, or anybody else. It’s all one world, one planet and one groove. You’re supposed to learn from each other, blend from each other, and it moves around like that. You see that rocket ship leave yesterday? We can maybe leave this planet. We gonna be dealing with aliens. You think black and white gonna be a problem? Wait till you start running into motherfuckers with three or four dicks! Bug-eyed motherfuckers! They could be ready to party, or they could be ready to eat us. We don’t know, but we’ve got to get over this shit of not getting along with each other.

Thanks for that. When I get it together, my next Hybrid Highbrow podcast is going to be about classical renditions of Georgia on My Mind. But given the state of my life, this could take a while. Meanwhile I’ve started a Hybrid Highbrow Twitter list just to keep track of all of you.

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