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As always your newsletter has added intelligent and profound thinking to my inbox, and I appreciate you for that. But the real highlight for me was the song. I have heard that song many times over the years, but have never been moved by it the way I was in this listening. I absolutely LOVE seeing musicians around the world playing a song that way. I was having a tough morning until I heard/saw the video. Everything looked just a little brighter after that. Thank you for doing what you do.
so true as a theme here $...its always Trump's bottom line ie how to profit and as with James Brown's sortie into politics reveals some of the motives you detail in that part of this newsletter...thankyou for the Robbie Robertson video....of course i and so many have been soothed and activated by the amazing music of the 70's especially that fateful brilliance emanating from places in Catskills where Dylan, the Band, Paul Butterfield etc. polished their muse......a crazy collector of guitars and penultimate artist Robbie was part Mohawk Indian and his 1994 album "Music for the Native Americans" is sublime. The indigenous contribution to rock and roll can be found in at least one documentary on Amazon which includes so many names not the least of which : Jimi Hendrix. Hope maybe i turned you on to at least one piece of music as i value your own likes each week and instantly fold them into my Apple Music library without even listening ha
as always damn glad you are on our side
Here's a good one from Todd Snider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBydsvJX8vM
An animated music video that spoofs reality TV and Trump. Insightful and amusing.
Thanks, Kareem! I’m a fairly new subscriber and truly appreciate what you are doing here and look forward to reading your column regularly. Loved your song recommendation this week and as familiar as I was with that song, I can certainly appreciate it at another level now.
Welcome back. The Playing for Change version of The Weight is outstanding, thanks for sharing it.
Really disappointed with Ice Cube. You would think with all his recourses he would either sit down with some BIPOC activists and pick their brains, or develop his own show/podcast where he could bring on guests and discuss what's going on in the country
The Last Waltz - watched it and listened to it a few times over the past few days. Incredible. Joni Mitchell and Robbie, Garth Hudson's sax on It Makes No Difference, Rick Danko and Levon's vocals. You can't forget Muddy. Sad about Richard Manuel. I forgot that Clapton's guitar strap comes loose and Robbie smokes out a wicked lead without hesitation. That lead is incredible. Ironic that I got to see The Band without Robbie, and Robbie without The Band.
You've done it again Kareem - brought back memories, good feelings, potential for peace around the world and a great salute to a great musician, Robbie Robertson, (always one of my favorites)...and yes, he did have great hair. RIP.
Consistently great reads. Each time I read your newsletter I find myself on iTunes buying music. Thank you for this.
Thanks for another great newsletter, Kareem! I always come away feeling informed and also feeling like there is a fellow traveler on my path. Keep up the great work!
Thank you for including that amazing Robbie Robertson video! Loved it and shared with my dad, a huge fan of The Band.
Black conservatives fancy themselves as “free thinkers” who go against the grain but the fact is their So-called free thought falls perfectly in line with what white conservatives think about literally everything.
Great to see your letter in my inbox again Kareem. Your voice is a gift, and kudos to your support staff.
Missed you! Welcome back! I love your insight and the version of The Weight. Thank you!
I love that version of Robbie Robertson' s The Weight, I had not seen it before, it captures perfectly how music really is universal.
For me Kareem is a voice of light in a world of darkness. Every time I feel depressed and hopeless I realize the world isn't all bad if there's people like him in it