Music News: August 2020

Hi Friends,It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a music update. In this time of pandemic, there’s not a lot of live music happening out there. A few reminders of things I’m doing in the online world, to help keep us connected in this unusual time. New Website! First, my music website has a […]

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White Privilege Illustrated: The HOLC Maps

Far too  many times, I hear White people say White Privilege is a myth or a creation of the Left. But there are ways to VISUALIZE it…to illustrate it…show show its pernicious effects beyond shadow of dout. Exhibit A: The HOLC Maps. This is a long blog. I can’t apologize for that, because you need […]

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Juneteenth and the “Power of Power”

Two thousand Federal troops. I keep coming back to that number. That’s the number of Union soldiers that accompanied General Gordon Granger into Galveston on the day Juneteenth was proclaimed in 1865. We White people barely understand Juneteenth to begin with, and what we do understand is often whitewashed. Yes, General Granger read that proclamation […]

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$20 Bill (For George Floyd)

On this day of George Floyd’s memorial service in Houston, a repost of my version of Tom Prasada-Rao’s powerful tribute song. Tom’s song has now been covered 20-30 times by a beautiful assortment of musicians. This version was a part of my “Coffee On the Porch” Livestream on June 4th, 2020. (Lyrics below. Thanks again […]

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Yes to Lake Cliff. No to Margaret Hunt Hill

“Yes to Lake Cliff Park. No to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.” I offer this as a metaphor for what we need in Dallas from our police. This week, the serious conversation on needed police reform will continue. It’s an ongoing conversation, in case you are not aware. All kudos to our friends at “Mother’s […]

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What We Value

One thing is certain about the year 2020; it’s a year where all of us are being asked: “What do we truly value?” The picture of the left is a graphic that ran on Fox News this week, and I’m going to ask you not to move straight to your outrage. Even though I’m confident […]

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Hearts CAN Change

This post is primarily for all of my activists friends out there who get discouraged. I want to tell you a little story. I know that most of you already know that if we are really going to dismantle White Supremacy, it will not only take changing law and policy, but also “hearts and minds.” […]

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Don’t Look Away

White Siblings, Don’t look away. Don’t avert your eyes. Yes, there is a danger even in reposting these because of the moral license they may give other racists who see them. But you….dear White sibling… You who are still more concerned about property damage and protesting “the right way”… You who every time there is […]

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Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not (Part II)

“I don’t know about that…” Do you even remember when Donald Trump said this? I know. It’s a big ask to recall one line. He says so many things, and one day’s horror is “trumped” by the next. But it’s important to remember this specific line this morning, as we try to process Donald Trump’s […]

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White Privilege

My struggle to adequately describe the murder of George Floyd ended when I saw this picture late last night. Take a hard look at this picture, because if you let it sink in deeply it will help you see much of what is wrong with America today. One frame: Armed protestors, effectively taking over the […]

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