(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Free James Brown!
Bill Altreuter has a consistently great site, where he talks about the practice of law, music, food, and other things that matter. Today he hits a couple of things that happen to come together in my mind: the weather in Ithaca, and the pardon of James Brown. I have some great old friends who live in Ithaca, who recorded a song about the weather there: "I Live Where it's Gray". (Supposedly, whereas kids elsewhere bother their parents by asking incessantly "why is the sky blue?", kids in Ithaca ask, "why is the sky gray?"). You can listen to it here. And when I had the privilege of playing in the old-time band competition at the Galax VA fiddlers' convention in 1989 with some of those friends, we were joined on bass by Dave Grant, who befuddled the locals a bit by yelling "Free James Brown!". Now, on some other plane, Dave Grant is smiling because James Brown's been pardoned.

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