Friday, December 4, 2015

133. Erin Lierl, Part 2.

133.  Part 2 of Bruce's interview with Erin Lierl.  If you are walking through the French Quarter and find yourself on Royal St. between St. Peter St. and Pirate Alley, you may see Erin Lierl, the sidewalk poet. Erin Bruce met Erin this summer and interviewed her for the podcast. Erin writes poems by commission -- you can ask her to write on a topic, and she will write a poem in return for a voluntary donation.  For the past several weeks, Erin has been joining us on the podcast to share her poetry with our wider audience.  Today, Erin discusses her poem "Prowl," and Bruce discusses his haiku, "Place d'Armes."
  1. We check in with Erin Lierl, the Sidewalk Poet, and she reads us her poem of the week, "Crown of Thorns." 
  2. This week in Louisiana history. December 5, 1960. The Federal Court stops attempt by State Legislature to replace the New Orleans School Board during the desegregation crisis.
  3. This week in New Orleans history.   Born in New Orleans on December 5, 1925, Alvin "Red" Tyler began playing saxophone when in the Navy, and by 1950 had joined Dave Bartholomew’s R&B band. He also played jazz in club jam sessions. He made his recording debut on Fats Domino’s “The Fat Man” and went on to play on sessions for Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, and numerous other rhythm and blues artists.  From the mid-1960s he worked as a liquor salesman. He also began leading his own jazz band in clubs and hotel residencies in New Orleans. While the baritone saxophone had been his primary instrument during his years as a studio musician, his jazz playing gradually came to rely much more on tenor saxophone. In the mid-1980s he recorded two jazz albums, Graciously and Heritage, with vocals by Johnny Adams and Germaine Bazzle, for Rounder Records.  Tyler died on April 3, 1998 at age 72 in New Orleans.
  4. This week in Louisiana.
    Deridder Gem and Mineral Show
    December 13 - 14, 2014
    Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds - Deridder, LA
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