first_imgMy grandmother was a professional amateur historian.Stacked on shelves and tables around her house were books and pamphlets about Wise County and Norton, Virginia, where she lived the vast majority of her life. In college, I ended up majoring in history, and I credit much of my early interest in times past to the hours I spent rifling through the books she collected or wrote. Contained therein were images chronicling the early settlers of the mountains of Southwest Virginia, their hardscrabble existence captured forever in sepia or black and white.Looking back at early 20th century Appalachia is an interest I share with violinst and singer/songwriter Jenny Scheinman. Here latest record, Here On Earth, drew its earliest inspiration from a film project called Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait, a collection of archived movie footage shot across the North Carolina Piedmont between 1936 and 1942.Scheinman found common ground between the stark, deliberate lifestyle captured in those Depression era loops and her own approach to music; honest, raw, and self-reliant.I was able to chat with Jenny Scheinman about the new record, the images that so captured her from the film footage, and using a fiddle tune to break out of prison.*BRO – What was it about the footage of the Depression era South that inspired this collection of songs?JS – It’s loosely based on the old time acoustic fiddle music that was played all through Appalachia and the South throughout the Depression. The band in our live show is based on a specific scene of an old time country dance party in which the dancers are accompanied by a little string band – fiddle, resonator guitar, and banjo. Here On Earth takes that acoustic core and adds the cinematic element of Bill Frisell’s big electric swarmy open vista heart sound – he is in the movie when there is no movie.BRO – Is there a particular sequence in Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait that you have a hard time getting out of your head?JS – I have really strong and specific feelings for many of the characters in the film. When I’m playing the show, it feels like we’re relating to each other. They dance to the music, they look up at me, and yet, of course, they’re dead. It’s like a fever dream loop where the same paradoxical system keeps circling around and around. There’s a girl in the beginning and the end of the show who haunts me. I call her Freya. She twirls in slo-mo, looking down at her feet and then up at the camera, mysteriously, like she understands something we don’t.BRO – We are featuring “A Kid Named Lily” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JS – I started writing lyrics to this one with my niece, Lily, when we were up at my mom’s house a few years ago. We were serenading a little brown goat that just been born in the barn, and I had my fiddle and Lily was swinging her legs off of a hay bale. It was all very country. It started very PG – I had a goat and her name was Lily/hair like a cinnamon swirl – and ended up  . . .  not so.BRO – Trail Mix included a track from Danny Barnes last month. How was it working with him on this project?JS – I wanted these songs to have banjo and fiddle at their core. That old time core, that magic combination. And Danny was the man. I’m such of fan of him and his music. I’ve been trying to lure him into the mix for years. We tried in 2013, and then again the year after that, but between our two remote locales and touring schedules, it just never seemed to work. Finally, when I just couldn’t get him out of my head, I made a little pilgrimage up to the San Juan Islands and we recorded at a little home studio there near his house. He blew our minds.BRO – Should you ever end up in the pokey, what’s your go to fiddle tune?JS – Maybe something hypnotic, like “Rowan.” I’d put a spell on the guards and then run for it.Jenny Scheinman is out west this weekend, with two shows scheduled in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Early May will find her in New York City before she heads abroad for some dates in Japn.For more information on Jenny Scheinman, her new record, or Kannapolis: A Moving Portait, please check out her website.* One of my favorite parts in researching this piece was reading about a childhood conversation Jenny had with her mother while they were traveling in the car. Jenny’s mother urged her to learn poetry, for the sole purpose of entertaining the other prisoners after Jenny inevitably landed in prison. Jenny later took up fiddle, figuring it might be an even more powerful tool on the prisoners – and perhaps, even, the guards.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo March 31, 2011 This kind of material is important for us latin americans to understand better how other countries are responding to subjects like security and international humanitarian assitance. I hope to see more articles like this published in Diologo. I read in some newspaper that, despite the tragedy in Japan, there was no looting of private property, what a fine example for the WORLD … Seventeen Latin America countries offered Japan humanitarian aid and manpower following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that so far left nearly 10,000 dead and thousands more missing. Others are deferring to Japanese officials to request clean-up aid when their country is ready for it. It’s the favored course of action, not only out of respect for the Japanese’s organization of the response, but also because uncertainty exists whether soldiers and volunteers should be sent into northern Japan when the threat of nuclear radiation remains unclear. Brazil will donate US$500,000 for humanitarian emergency aid, and per orders of the Japanese government, will give the money to the Red Cross. The non-profit organization plans to use it to buy food, water, medicine, clothing and temporary shelter. “The Japanese government prefers money at this point, and asked that it goes directly to the Red Cross. They have said they don’t need any help with people, or (specialists),” said Alessandra Vinhas, spokeswoman with Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations. Venezuela packed 19 tons of humanitarian aid on a plane in late March and headed for Japan. The plane owned by national airline Conviasa is one of two Latin American airlines that serve Asia. Venezuela’s government also is coordinating with Japan to donate a large quantity of gasoline to areas of the island nation that need fuel the most. “This humanitarian support is from the heart of Venezuela, on behalf of our people and the government of Hugo Chavez, to show solidarity and commitment to Japan,” said Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro in a statement. “The world of today and the future is built upon love and respect. That’s what we’re trying to do.” The Venezuelan aircraft will bring back citizens from other Latin American countries, notably Colombia and Ecuador, following agreements made between Venezuela and neighboring governments that couldn’t orchestrate a flight to Japan as quickly. Brazilian officials have pledged limitless support to Japan, but want to respect that government’s organizational efforts by responding only when asked to. When looking at previous disaster relief efforts in other countries, Brazil has traditionally donated money to U.N.-sponsored relief programs, and has rarely sent its military troops to work in clean-up efforts. Brazil’s National Force for Public Safety, a joint effort of various state and federal public safety forces coordinated by the Ministry of Justice, announced it is ready to send 80 firefighters that specialize in disaster rescue to Japan, 30 “disaster experts” and 30 tracking dogs to aid the Japanese search efforts. The National Force said it will hold off on sending rescue teams until Japanese officials respond. Brazil did not send military troops to Chile following the February 2010 earthquake. Its military did play a major peacekeeping role in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake, but Brazil had already 1,000 troops serving in that role since 2004 through the U.N., and simply boosted its presence to 2,000 troops following the earthquake. Over the past eight years, Brazil’s previous president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, placed an emphasis on world hunger, and focused diplomatic response on cash donations directly to international non-profits and the UN response to foreign emergencies. Brazil’s government gave US$345.8 million in emergency relief funds to the UN and large non-profits like the Red Cross last year for Haiti, focused on food and health-related aid. Brazil has a unique connection to Japan. More Japanese have immigrated to Brazil than any other country in the world. Japanese began moving to Brazil in 1908, drawn by the promise of work on coffee plantations at a time when the end of feudalism in Japan drew the country’s economy to a near halt. Japanese immigration to Brazil then boomed following the start of World War I in 1914. More than 1.5 million Japanese immigrants or descendents live in Brazil, most in São Paulo. About 254,000 Brazilian nationals live in Japan, and about 800 were living in the country’s northeast region affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Colombia, Argentina, Mexico offer aid to Japan center_img The Colombian government sent the largest passenger and cargo airplane available to its Air Force to Japan after the earthquake, carrying food, water and iodine to aid Columbians living in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The Air Force plane, a Boeing KC-767 Jupiter, departed from the Military Transport Aviation Command (Catam) in Bogotá. The supplies were for Columbians who wanted to remain in Japan. About 200 Colombians are expected to return with the Air Force team to Colombia next week. “We have made the necessary arrangements for sending a second aircraft, if required, to accomplish the mission,” said Air Force Gen. Guillermo León in a statement to Dialogo. “At this point, the request is that we start with one (airplane).” Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said it is in constant contact with the ministries of other Latin American nations to coordinate support as a region for Japan. Argentina has sent an official government doctor to Tokyo to work with Japanese health authorities, and has sent additional diplomats to its consulates in Japan. Mexico has announced it will send humanitarian aid to Japan, and its commander of the Third Naval Zone, Guillermo Torres Colina, has said Mexico’s Navy is ready to contribute. Reports surfaced in Mexican media this week that the Papaloapan ship docked in Veracruz, normally assigned to monitoring the Gulf of Mexico and Mexican territorial waters, would be going to Japan. When asked to comment, Mexico’s Naval press office could not confirm or deny that report. Ecuador’s national emergency department has sent six tons of food and water to the Galapagos Islands after they were hit by a tsunami. The islands, located about 620 miles off Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, were penetrated by seawater up to a third of a mile, merging a lagoon with the sea and damaging homes and fishing boats for most of the 260 families that live there. It has pledged help to Japan, but like most countries will wait for a response from Japanese diplomats to send the aid.last_img read more


first_imgSophomore offensive tackle Kristofer Curtis will no longer play football for Syracuse after suffering an injury during the preseason, head coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday.Curtis’ injury was never disclosed, but he spent most of training camp working off to the side at practices with Will Hicks, assistant athletics director for strength performance. With Curtis’ medical history, Marrone said team doctors determined it was best to keep him off the field.“I found out this afternoon, late, we had meetings,” Marrone said, “that our doctors recommended Kris, because of his medical issues, will not be able to play again.”The 6-foot-4, 273-pound Curtis redshirted last season, but he was expected to compete for a starting spot on the offensive line this season.Marrone was waiting to speak to Curtis’ parents before making the announcement, but Curtis tweeted about his future during the Orange’s practice Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I saw Kris just now. I said ‘Kris, why would you do that?’ He said, ‘Coach, I know, I made a mistake, I should’ve came in and spoken to you first,’” Marrone said. “So those things happen with kids and that’s the situation.” Comments Published on August 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 27-year-old left-hander has never been able to stay healthy in consecutive seasons. Beginning with his rookie year of 2009, Anderson made 30, 19, 13, 6, 5 and 8 starts before signing with the Dodgers last winter. The bet on himself wasn’t purely a leap of faith.For one thing, Anderson can start his off-season with a clean bill of health.“I do think that having this pseudo-normal off-season helps me with strength and velocity,” he said. “I don’t think (my velocity) will ever be where I was early in my career.”For another, the market for free-agent starting pitchers is expected to be weaker in 2016. Zack Greinke leads this year’s crop after he rejected the Dodgers’ one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. Anderson conceded that played a role in his decision, though he knows he must perform well to get a raise.“You have to go out and prove it on the field,” he said. “It’s not like a slotting system — ‘there’s five of them, we’re going to give them ‘x’ amount of money because they’re there’.”Anderson had other reasons to reject the qualifying offer. No player had ever accepted one prior to this year, which some perceived as an act of solidarity on the part of sports’ most powerful union.As it happened, Colby Rasmus and Matt Wieters accepted qualifying offers last week from the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. That wasn’t a factor, Anderson said.Neither was the fact that the Dodgers don’t have a manager or a single coach under contract for 2016.“We have some smart people at the top,” he said. “I feel like they’re going to make the right decision.”Asked to identify the most positive thing he took from this season, Anderson didn’t mention the money or a chance at redemption, or even the 31 starts.“(Greinke) told me I had the third-most range among pitchers according to some stat,” he said. “I’ll take that to my grave.”center_img Brett Anderson’s health was such a non-issue in 2015, the pitcher said he could have signed a multi-year contract rather than accept the Dodgers’ qualifying offer last Friday.Maybe more than other teams were willing to bet on him, Anderson said he was willing to bet on himself.“Hopefully get the stigma of a bad health record off my back,” he said Monday. “Go into next year, see what happens.”Anderson made 31 starts and pitched 180 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2015, both career highs. He didn’t spend a day on the disabled list, needing only rest to recover from separate injuries to his calf and the sheath around his left Achilles tendon.last_img read more