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Homelessness

Homelessness


“Another Day in Paradise” written and performed by Phil Collins (1989) Covered over 50 times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt2mbGP6vFI Brandy & Ray J - "Another Day In Paradise (Remix), 2001 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nltcUlPa7zU Marianne Pentha -The Voice Norway 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ0xaPnauYw
I actually didn’t listen to this song closely enough when it came out to recognize it was a about homelessness. In fact I think most people have a literal image with this song of an idyllic beach house with a hammock and mojitos. I was reminded about homelessness and musicians recently while researching the blog on Shania Twain. I have had the good fortune not to worry about having a home and I hope I never do. This however is not the case for many, not just here in my hometown of London, Ontario but likely in your hometown or the closest major urban centre-anywhere in the world. Countries considered ‘rich’ with social services and social financial assi…

Dock Boggs and ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

Dock Boggs

Moran Lee "Dock" Boggs (February 7, 1898 – February 7, 1971), was a banjo player and singer, his style is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Growing up his influences include an African American itinerant musician named ‘Go Lightning’ and another banjo player named Homer Crawford. His playing method was an “up pick style”, Mike Seeger said he’d seen no other recorded artist use this way of playing. Two of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues" have been quite influential to many folk singers. As with many of these artists during the depression, work was hard to find. He soon returned to coal mining and a few other jobs over the years. The aforementioned Mike Seeger (half brother to Pete Seeger) a singer, musician and folklorist tracked Dock down in 1963 and encouraged him start to play again, he spent the next several years recording and playing the folk music circuit i…