Tag Archives: steven ivory

  • Steven Ivory: B.B. King, Blue No More

    May 20, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Sometimes, an aspect of your life goes amiss and you don’t want to think further than your personal woe. Occasionally, if only temporarily, you want to live in your gloom; wallow in your regret. Happy? Fuck happy.   At least for the time being, your refuge is a pit of sorrow. The only thing you want other than […]

  • Steven Ivory: Why ‘American Idol’ Mattered

    May 13, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Ruben Studdard certainly would have been heard. Some record company A&R executive—the person charged with signing and developing new talent for a label—would have listened to Studdard’s demo tape, been impressed and scheduled an appointment. However, after meeting in person, despite Studdard’s impressive musical abilities, chances are good the executive and his bosses would have  decided his […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ode to the One Hit Wonder

    Apr 21, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *“When A Man Loves A Woman,” the classic R&B ballad by singer Percy Sledge, who passed away last week, was like somebody I knew.   Not the man, the song. Released on April 16, 1966, the Atlantic single could easily have been a younger kid in the neighborhood of my childhood; someone I’d notice at the […]

  • Steven Ivory: When the Nigger is White

    Apr 14, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *There’s an old, facetious basketball adage that white men can’t jump. However, not only can white men jump, apparently they can be niggers, too. Those uninitiated on the subject  learned this from University of Kentucky basketball player Andrew Harrison, a 20 year-old black man, during the April 4th press conference after Kentucky’s Final Four 71-64 […]

  • Steven Ivory: What TV’s ‘Empire’ Doesn’t Have

    Mar 11, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I didn’t want to watch “Empire,” Fox TV’s hot musical drama about the fictional Empire Entertainment company and the family that runs it. Not because I’d heard anything bad about it. I hadn’t watched because I didn’t care to witness yet another TV show get the music business thing all wrong. Most TV dramas—movies, too—usually […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ga Ga for Gaga

    Feb 25, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *After Lady Gaga let go of the last note from her “Sound of Music” performance, you could almost hear the collective dropping of jaws from coast to coast and around the world. Gaga  left the audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre stunned. Julie Andrews couldn’t conceal her awe. This wasn’t a flavor of the moment sticking […]