Category: Gatefold

Land of Talk’s “It’s Okay”

Beginning in my early 20s, my experience of love became largely unrequited for a significant stretch of time. It seemed as though either I consistently...

Mahalia and Rosetta and Mavis

What dark times we’re inhabiting. Hope—once “the things with feathers,” per Emily Dickinson—increasingly feels as though it has stretched its glossy black wings and departed...

The Lineage Sound

I grew up moving around. Following my dad’s TV news career, we’d pick up and shift to a new city if not every year then...

A Bouquet of Songs

I’ve been thinking lately about music as a conversation. For me, that tends to take place internally. When I listen to music by myself, it...

The Hush of Early Mornings and PHOX

When I moved into my little Durham bungalow last year, it was with the express purpose of playing my stereo whenever I damn well pleased....

The Low Notes

In the range of sounds, I far prefer the low notes. Drop an octave from middle C and something about that majestic resonance pangs in...

Lone Wolf (Act I and II)

There was a time when I wasn’t so good at being alone. During the start of my PhD program (over a decade ago now), I...

All That Jazz

I used to be embarrassed about my introduction to jazz and soul, for mine was a strange passageway: romantic comedies. Although I don’t remember it...