That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman? Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full? Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Extract from Ain’t I A Woman? Delivered 1851 at the Women’s Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio, as recounted by Frances Gage, in 1863.
Paco De Lucia born born Francisco Sanchez Gomez December 21, 1947,
Died today February 26 2014 whilst playing with his children. He was the man that modernised Flamenco guitar and attitude and took it to many audiences, including back to where it came from, its roots are, African, Arabic, Jewish, Roma Gypsy and eventually through time blended into Spanish, it is like the blues in its essence, it is music for the people as Paco was a man for the people, a great man, a master musician and also a great teacher, may his memory last eternal.
'Hungry Ghost' (Live) by Mehliana (Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana) - Track of the Day
Every now and then an album comes along that has the power to send shockwaves through the music world. This is one of those moments. The album, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, is the explosive debut recording from Brad Mehldau (Fender Rhodes/retro synths) and Mark Guiliana (drums/electronics), who are known together as ‘Mehliana’.
Hungry Ghost - one of twelve original tracks which appear on the album - is a thrilling assortment of melodic fragments, spacey textures, hip grooves and breathtaking drum machine-like beats.
Mehldau has to be applauded for keeping things fresh and interesting with this electric duo project. Electric or acoustic, we’re all ears when it comes to music of such quality and originality!
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, which is out now on Nonesuch Records, is an early contender for our Best Jazz Albums of 2014 list. Highly recommended.