Why Jerry Lewis is Right About American Idol and Reality Television

I am a Jerry Lewis fan.  Sure, he’s an ancient, 85-year-old, egomaniac, but the guy has made some important movies, and he dedicated his life to trying to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy.  He did something while others — smarter, richer, and younger others — did nothing.  I admire his guts and stamina.  Jerry Lewis does not give in or give up.

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The Birth of The Birth of the Blues in Performance

In my article — American Folklore and the Blues Black Cat Bone — we discussed the song “The Birth of the Blues” in the comments stream.  Today, as an important follow-up to that conversation, I want to take you a little deeper into the birth of “The Birth of the Blues” in performance because it is an interesting watershed song.

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