Music Advisory with Heart | Music Matters

Yes! Yes! Yes! Fabulous article for folks in the music recommendation biz.

Build a relationship with your customer.
Listen to them… Listen – Listen – Listen.
Don’t worry about not being a walking music encyclopedia.
Know thyself – Get curious about your own listening.
Explore new music.
Advise with empathy - No judgment!
Be encouraging.

What a terrific article

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

For those who choose to remain silent on the issue. Here’s a piece that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

(via saikyo-dinosaur)

Wrapping my head around the Ferguson Pew research

The Pew Study re: Ferguson stuns me. I respect Pew Research; so I will need to come to grips with this view. Yet I cannot comprehend the answers. (I’m not naive; I’m facing a reality I loathe - in black & white. Doubly.)

Still, I wonder how folks interpreted Question 6. It seems possible to interpret the question much differently than Pew Results were explained.

Question 6
Thinking about the police shooting of an African American teen in Ferguson, Missouri…

PEW.6 Overall, do you think that [INSERT; RANDOMIZE] or do you think [ITEM]?

This case raises important issues about
44 race that need to be discussed 36
The issue of race is getting more attention
40 in this case than it deserves 52
15 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 12

I view the Pew results as saying “We need to tone down the discussion of race, as we discuss Mike Brown & Ferguson; it’s not an important topic.” And this I disagree with VERY strongly.

However, I see another possible interpretation: If I had been asked this question, I might have answered, Black, White or Brown – The killing of a teen by police is wrong; so, NO - Race isn’t the key issue - Killing a child is. There’s a difference between being THE key issue and being an IMPORTANT issue. Does the question make clear which is being asked?? I can see how this question could’ve been interpreted by some respondents differently than the results were interpreted.

Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT denying the state of race relations in our Nation. I’m not arguing that the results are wrong. I’m just wondering. And saddened by (or pissed at) the results - and what that says about our Nation. It’s not just Question 6 results that have me spinning like a dog chasing its tail; it’s all the results.

I BELIEVE this situation (protests in Ferguson) is important - illuminating our exceedingly deficient self-awareness as a nation, lack of common knowledge of and education in black history, need to review and change of police procedures and policing technologies, increasing the awareness militarization within the US, reaffirming the public right to assemble and protest, screaming the importance of a Free Press, and most especially to mourn and demand answers re: the loss of a teen, Mike Brown.

This past week has been so so so sad. I can’t even imagine how it is for folks in Ferguson and the African-American community. Yeh, I follow Twitter closely each night, but that’s so… nothing – in light of this situation. My heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones to violence & injustice and to the community of Ferguson.

All that said, this survey makes me very sad: I can’t understand it. It explains things. It is maddening, frustrating, illuminating, and very sad… I want this to change.

Well. Huh. You edit a post long enough and you figure things out.
- My last edit: There’s a difference between being THE key issue and being an IMPORTANT issue. Does the question make clear which is being asked??
- Go and check the question. Again.
- *light bulb goes on* Well, &^%#@! :(

The aggressive vibrato of the bandoneon hung in the air. While the tango singer spoke of romantic spats, hopeless drunkards and lonely whores, an elderly Argentine couple clasped hands.

But that scene didn’t take place in a steamy Latin club on the Lower East Side … no, it was a library in Jackson Heights, Queens. 

New York’s Queens borough is among the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation, its immigrant-filled neighborhoods teeming with taco joints, Dominican beauty salons and women in headscarves,” writes Code Switch's Cristina Silva. “It's no surprise, then, that the borough's library system has also strived for unparalleled diversity.”

The library system’s 62 locations boast more than 800,000 foreign language books, thousands of foreign language DVDs and CDs, and six language specialists tasked with finding the most popular materials in Urdu, Polish, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, French and Spanish, among other languages. It also regularly hosts cultural events, such as the tango performance in Jackson Heights, to draw in immigrants unaware of how libraries or library cards work — or at least how they work in Queens.

Chinese romance novels are always popular, as is the Korean version of Twilight. The library system also caters to Albanians, Croatians and Serbians in Ridgewood, Tagalog speakers in Elmhurst, Woodside and Broadway, Farsi in Kew Garden Hills and Pashto and Dari in Flushing.

Read the rest of the story here.

— Petra

(via nprbooks)

First, follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans*
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Maintain healthy weight.
- Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
- Choose a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grain products.
- Use sugars only in moderation.
- Use salt and sodium only in moderation.
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

Down Home Healthy: Family Recipes Of Black American Chefs, NIH Publication No. 93-3408, Leah Chase and Johnny Rivers, 1993. (via mybooksbeginlikethis)