PREMIERE: Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm, John Popper, Jason Crosby, & More Honor Steve Forbert [Album Stream]

first_imgIn 1978, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Steve Forbert moved from Meridian, Mississippi, following his muse to New York City to pursue a music career. Starting out busking for change at Grand Central Station, Forbert slowly worked his way up to larger and larger clubs, eventually securing a record deal and releasing his debut album, Alive On Arrival, later that year. While his album was received well critically, with raving reviews from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, the musician truly had his breakthrough with his second album, Jackrabbit Slim, which put him on the map with its hit single “Romeo’s Tune.”Forbert is known for his thoughtful songwriting, both musically and lyrically, with The New York Times previously calling him “an introspective, homespun philosopher” and Rolling Stone likening his debut album to “a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.” With eighteen studio albums under his belt, Forbert has influenced many acts that have come after him, and his songs are still regularly covered or cited by a huge range of artists today. As a means to honor the influence of the living legend, today, a new tribute album to Steve Forbert has been released on Blue Rose Music dubbed An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert.The 21-track album features some of our favorite musicians today paying tribute to Forbert, with John Oates and Bekka Bramlett, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby, John Popper, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Todd Snider, Robert Earl Keen, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Lindell, and more all contributing covers to the new collection. The songs on An American Troubadour span Forbert’s four-decade-long career, with each artists putting their own unique twist on some of Forbert’s most well-loved tunes.Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band, Melvin Seals, & Nicki Bluhm Perform In Central Park [Audio]However, tribute album may not fully capture the essence of this new release, as explained by Blue Rose Music founder Joe Poletto, who elaborated, “Some say that Steve is too young to have a ‘tribute’ record and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather its intention is to recognize the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve with purpose and passion.”As John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame, noted of his track on American Troubadour, “It was very cool for me to be able to re-imagine Steve Forbert’s song ‘I Blinked Once.‘ I was drawn to his great lyrics and ability to take a simple idea and craft it into a memorable song. We gave it a harder edge in the production and turned it into a duet with myself and the legendary Bekka Bramlett, whose energy is a thing to behold.”Watch Hall & Oates Bring The House Down On FallonLive For Live Music is proud to premiere a full-stream of An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert. You can take a listen to the album and check out its track listing and full list of contributors below. For more information about Steve Forbert or for his upcoming tour dates, you can visit Forbert’s official website here. Enjoy! An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert Official Tracklist 01. Kelly Fitzgerald – Thinkin’02. John Oates featuring Bekka Bramlett – I Blinked Once03. Elliott Peck – Goin’ Down To Laurel04. David Luning – Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast05. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – Romeo’s Tune06. Jim Lauderdale – What Kinda Guy?07. Robert Earl Keen – It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way08. James Maddock – Grand Central Station, March 18, 197709. Amy McCarley – Cellophane City10. John Popper – You Cannot Win (If You Do Not Play)11. Megan Palmer – Running On Love12. Jesse Bardwell – The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way)13. Wes Langlois – I’m In Love With You14. Jackie Greene – If You’re Waiting On Me15. Eric Lindell – January 23-30, 197816. Gwyneth Moreland – Autumn This Year17. Todd Snider –  It Sure Was Better Back Then18. Bill Lloyd – When The Sun Shines19. Jason Crosby – Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home20. HUGElarge – Rock While I Can Rock21. Tim Bluhm – Search Your Heartlast_img read more

Professor critiques Vatican Library texts

first_imgEMILY McCONVILLE | The Observer Classics professor Joseph Amar examines a copy of the commentary of the Book of Genesis by Jacob of Edessa. Amar said he believes this manuscript was published in the third century.He also studies the Aramaic language and its dialects, which linked Christianity and Judaism and, at times, made them almost indistinguishable.“In general, it’s about documenting Christianity at a crucial stage in its history, where it’s still very Jewish-looking but hasn’t become entirely the kind of Christianity we recognize today,” Amar said. “It sort of still has one foot in Judaism and one foot in Christianity. This is preserved in these ancient manuscripts because Jews and Christians were using the same language.”Amar said as he delved into the texts over the course of his career, documenting the ideas of early Christian thinkers and studying everything from the content of manuscripts to handwriting styles, he noticed that the Vatican Library had a record-keeping problem. Until recently, he would find the documents he needed ⎯ often the only copies in existence ⎯ stacked on shelves, unorganized and unprotected.Amar also found serious discrepancies between the manuscripts themselves and the catalog that was supposed to guide the scholars researching them, he said. Some descriptions misidentify the author of a text or the date of its publication, Amar said. Others misrepresent the manuscript’s argument, in what Amar called a “Catholicizing tendency.”“It gives the impression that the manuscripts are in agreement with contemporary Catholic teaching, when of course many of the manuscripts are very ancient and pre-date anything that was going on in any church,” he said. “But you only know that when you look at the manuscript itself and compare it to what’s in the catalog, and you say, ‘Someone has been fudging the information here.’”Part of Amar’s job is to correct these errors, he said. In addition to his research on the time period itself, Amar works as a consultant for the Vatican Library, pointing out where the manuscripts and the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana differ.“I look at [the manuscript], I look at the way it’s described in the catalog, and I say we have to change A, B and C,” Amar said. “Sometimes we have to change the century in which it was written and the author that we thought wrote it.”Because the manuscripts often have pages missing, finding the right information, especially the document’s author, involves some sleuthing, Amar said.“It’s really hard,” he said. “[You find the author] by the language itself. You look at the words the author used, and you say to yourself, ‘If this is written by X, did X use this kind of writing? Did he use these words? Does this fit what we know about him?’ Then either you say either the manuscript attribution is correct, that the guy they say wrote it actually wrote it, or you make an educated speculation that, ‘I’m pretty sure that this isn’t who they say it is, but it could be Y or Z. But it sure isn’t X.’”Amar’s work has taken on new significance in the digital age. In addition to improving its organization, in recent years, the Vatican Library has begun to digitize its oldest and rarest documents. Whereas the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana was once the only source of information on a text, the library can now update the description on the Web, incorporating Amar’s research, he said. The project involves many scholars who are largely in charge of the digitization in their own fields.“They sort of let me take the lead,” Amar said. “They say, ‘When we draw up a list of priority, of manuscripts to digitize, which ones do we own in The Vatican that no one else has copies of?’ Those are number one. And which of those do we need to correct as far as the catalog goes to give people a clearer understanding of exactly what’s in them?”Amar said the process often leads to new discoveries. For example, scholars believed for centuries that Jacob of Edessa, an influential Biblical scholar, had written a commentary on the Book of Genesis ⎯ but no one could find it. Meanwhile, a catalog contained a misidentified Genesis commentary, Amar said. By comparing that manuscript’s writing and handwriting style with Jacob’s known works, Amar said he was able to correctly attribute the commentary to him.“It’s like reinventing the wheel,” Amar said. “This is something altogether new, from way in the beginning of Christianity, in a part of the world that we don’t even think about in Christian terms.”Tags: ancient texts, Vatican The Vatican library provides invaluable resources for Department of Classics professor Joseph Amar, but in the course of his study, he has worked to correct discrepancies in one of the library’s manuscript catalogs, he said.Using manuscripts from the first centuries of Christianity, Amar said he studies the writings of early Christian thinkers. Many of the manuscripts he studies reside in the Vatican Library, collected over many centuries and cataloged in the Bibliotheca Orientalis Clementino-Vaticana, an 18th-century tome that lists the authors of documents, their publication dates and descriptions of their contents, Amar said.last_img read more

Irish spirits high despite loss

first_img Ireland are still in the tournament and victory in their final match against Pakistan will ensure their progression to the knock-out stages “No I don’t think it (our confidence) can (be dented),” Porterfield said at the post-match presentation. “There’s a lot of good things to take from the game.” There were also some areas Porterfield felt his side could have improved on. Ireland had been in a strong position to post a much bigger total at 206 for three with 11 overs to go, but were pegged back before being dismissed off the final ball of the 49th over. “We are disappointed as we could have got another 50 or 60 at least. But you have to give a lot of credit to them (India), the way they kept fighting and came back and how well they played with the bat they made it look very easy,” he added. “It was a very good pitch, there was a lot of help and we capitalised on that. We couldn’t kick on like their pair and that was the difference. “The way the lads came in and play with freedom…we just lost wickets at key times but all in all we played very well. “We will refresh, we have put in a lot of yards, win and we are through to the quarter-finals so we have to be ready for that. Press Association Ireland captain William Porterfield insists his side’s confidence will not be dented despite their comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to India. Ireland made 259 batting first but in-form holders India cruised to victory, reaching their target with more than 13 overs remaining thanks to a century from Shikhar Dhawan. Niall O’Brien top scored for Ireland with 75, while skipper Porterfield made 67 as he shared an opening stand of 89 with Paul Stirling. “Its not emotionally draining, it is exciting.” O’Brien was not overly concerned by the defeat and was focused on the Pakistan match. “Today’s game wasn’t be all and end all, we played good cricket, spirits are high,” he told Sky Sports. “We lost our way a little at times. But there is plenty to go forward with, we are enjoying our cricket and playing it with a smile on our faces. “We won’t die wondering, we will give it a good go. “We are looking forward to the game, they are bowling well, but not batting too great. “To get through would mean absolutely everything.” It was India’s fifth win in a row at this World Cup and the triumph ensured their progression of Pool B as winners. Man of the match Dhawan led the way with an 85-ball 100, ably supported by fellow opener Rohit Sharma (64) before Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (33no) saw them home with plenty to spare. “I’ve spent a lot of time on my game, I am used to the pace and the bounce and I am enjoying my game over here,” Dhawan said. “I played more creatively, playing different shots.” “Everyone is spending lots of time over here. With the time the boys have got experience and everyone is doing a good job, our bowlers are bowling quick and in the right areas.” last_img read more

Sport Ministry Intensifies Preparation for National Sport Museum

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is continuing its preparation for the National Sport Museum by acquiring 3D scanners for digitising artefacts that will be on display in the National Sport Museum, when established.The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange, made the disclosure at a Digital Asset Workshop organised by the Ministry at the Creative Production and Training Centre today.“I should inform you that the two 3D Scanners that you see being used here in the training were just acquired by the Ministry. For the time being, the scanners will be used by the Institute of Jamaica and the National Library of Jamaica which will hold them in safe keeping for the Museum,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange said that the Workshop will provide “a pool of trained digitisers” who the Ministry can call on to do work for the National Sport Museum even as they put their training to use in their own organisations.The National Sport Museum will serve as a knowledge bank, collecting and documenting material pertinent to Jamaicans who have dedicated their lives as athletes and support personnel.Minister Grange said also that not only will there be a Virtual Museum that will precede the physical museum, but her Ministry “plans to stage periodic exhibitions of the artefacts now in the National Sport Museum collection.”Meanwhile, former Hockey Player and Administrator, Kay Wilson donated a number of her trophies and personal items to the National Sport Museum. The items will be digitised tomorrow during the third day of the Workshop.Other items being digitised are: a replica of the London 2012 Olympic Torch, a pair of Veronica Campbell Brown’s running shoes, two ice hockey pucks, a baseball cap and the competition suit of Namibian 200-metre star, Frankie Fredericks. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is continuing its preparation for the National Sport Museum by acquiring 3D scanners for digitising artefacts that will be on display in the National Sport Museum, when established. “I should inform you that the two 3D Scanners that you see being used here in the training were just acquired by the Ministry. For the time being, the scanners will be used by the Institute of Jamaica and the National Library of Jamaica which will hold them in safe keeping for the Museum,” Minister Grange said. The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange, made the disclosure at a Digital Asset Workshop organised by the Ministry at the Creative Production and Training Centre today.last_img read more