Gwen Thompkins http://kwgs.org en A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made http://kwgs.org/post/look-back-jazz-fest-where-ages-were-made Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for <em>everything</em>. The city's arms are just that wide.<p>Every performer is welcome. This year, singer Patti Smith held a crowd spellbound in the mud just as easily as Billy Joel lifted his audience off dry ground. Jazz stylist Diane Reeves sang a Fleetwood Mac song on the first weekend just as compellingly as Fleetwood Mac sang its own songs the following weekend. Wed, 08 May 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 38702 at http://kwgs.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville http://kwgs.org/post/small-time-wordsmith-hits-it-big-nashville <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYT6RkTe26M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Eajg5yTEo</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 33521 at http://kwgs.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor http://kwgs.org/post/preserving-home-and-history-new-orleans-piano-professor On the tough side of Terpsichore Street in New Orleans stands a duplex — a two-story, wood-framed building with wood floors, high ceilings and a nice fireplace. But this old house is empty: no furniture, no walls, no electricity, no toilet. Iron bars hide the windows; there's a lockbox on the door. The facade is three different shades of <em>blecch</em>, <em>blurgh</em> and <em>blah</em>. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 32034 at http://kwgs.org Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 http://kwgs.org/post/beyond-music-st-louis-cemetery-no-2 There's so much water in, around and underneath New Orleans, that the dead spend eternity in tombs above ground.<p>Most of the tombs now have a similar design: On top, there's space for a wooden coffin or two, and at the bottom lies a potpourri of decanted family remains. Sooner or later, whoever is up high must vacate and settle lower, making room for the newly dead. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 21698 at http://kwgs.org Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2