Sikivu Hutchinson: Bound by blacker-than-thou identity politics, respectable black women have always been warned to beware of such musical apostasy. Why would “real sistas” want to listen to, much less play, that “white boy music”?
Ed Rampell: The songs are mostly not merely sung but acted out, bringing to life their often bittersweet themes as if they are vignettes in a play: Obsession, romance, lost love, getting old, the end of the life cycle and more.
Ed Rampell: The life and career of this incomparable painter, her vivacious spirit, passionate sexuality, pitiable fragility, and her tumultuous relationship with Rivera, who was two decades older than her, all this life writ large was “an opera waiting to happen,” as its composer put it in a pre-performance panel on June 18.
Lance Simmens: The passing of Savannah resident Gregg Allman will affect me deeply. It is the passing of an era, an era that touched 46 years of my life.
Mark Will: When I wrote “Let Me Do It,” marriage equality wasn’t even an issue in Taiwan, so, as was the case with “Three Little Jailbirds,” the image used in the promotional video is not directly related to the song.