"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination..." —Plato

I've written several blogposts on what the "value" of music stands for today, and by value, I mean not only economically, but intellectually, artistically and generationally. Music has always held a special place, both in my heart and in my life. I learned of country music — and I mean REAL country, like Hank, Willie and Waylon — as well Elvis Presley from my mother.

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of "The John Lennon Series"

Today is October 9th and, on what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday, we wanted to honor that occasion in this space. We went to Jude Southerland Kessler, who  is the author of the acclaimed John Lennon Series and asked her "Five Questions" about Lennon and her book series, which is now three books deep, 


5 Q's: LaRonda Davis / Black Rock Coalition

Today, we asked “Five Questions” to LaRonda Davis, the president of the Black Rock Coalition. The BRC is a collective of artists, writers, producers, publicists, activists and music fans dedicated to the complete creative freedom of Black artists. Founded by musician Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate and producer Konda Mason, the organization celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with unique performances and events.