St. James Infirmary” on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The host, my good friend Dr. Michael Mand, has put together an exceptional tribute to Dr. King and the civil rights movement as interpreted through music. The show opens with an excerpt from Dr. King's stirring "I Have A Dream" speech and then explores civil rights themes through blues, folk, soul, gospel and show music. In addition to the historical context, one comes away with a renewed appreciation for the profound African-American influence on the nation’s music.
You’ll find “St. James Infirmary” by clicking here (it's also listed under "Multimedia" on this blog); for the Dr. King and civil rights tribute, listen to the first and second half of the January 14, 2011 show. Of course, I recommend that you listen to the show weekly; it’s available for regular downloading and features an eclectic, entertaining mix of music and insightful commentary.