Memphasis > High Notes

June 7th, 2012

THE MEMPHIS SOUND HAS A NEW GIG. Memphis has had plenty of superstars, but the beat behind them and underneath and around them, the bass they stood on, the lead they followed, the brass that announced them and made them royalty – that beat was a superstar all by itself. And, just recently, that beat lost a few beats. Andrew Love is missing, and he took a sax ...

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Memphasis > 59 For Danny

May 31st, 2012

WHAT THESE GUYS DO ISN’T PROFESSIONAL.IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. The other day, I played in a golf scramble – a format where four players hit every shot, pick the best, and turn in one score at the end. And we had two mulligans each (do-overs) and a toss (a throw yourself out of trouble when you’ve just hit a shot so nauseating you want to toss). We played ...

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Memphasis > This Doesn’t Fly

May 24th, 2012

NOTE TO DELTA AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY:IT’S NOT YOUR AIRPORT. Tom Jones has suggested that Delta is doing to us what hard-core protagonist Debbie did to Dallas. This time around, Delta is the only one deriving any pleasure out of the act and charging us two, three, even four times the going rate for the experience. Tom is a communications ...

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Memphasis > It Wasn’t Like This

May 17th, 2012

AROUND HERE, 24 HOURS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. A day in Memphis wasn’t like this. When Andy Jackson stood on the Chickasaw Bluffs and said to Winchester and Overton, “Boys, we can sell some lots here,” it wasn’t like this. When Memphis made its name as a boisterous, bawdy river town serving a thick, brown, steaming stew of muddy ...

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Memphasis > Learning From Wrecks

May 10th, 2012

SPEAKING OF EDUCATION, WE DON’T LEARN. The weight of his robes bearing down, the certain confusion and probable chaos resulting from his next words, the U.S. District Judge in Memphis adjusted his glasses, took a deep breath, and changed public education in his hometown forever. Forty years ago. And right now. In 1972, the judge was Robert McRae. If you ...

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