Tag Archives: steven ivory

  • Steven Ivory: Fallin’ for Fall

    Sep 23, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Well, it’s here. “It” rolled in  blurry-eyed and calm, sexy and sensible all at once, a little after seven PM here on the west coast and just after 10 in the east. I was surprised that the last gasp of an often rebellious and ornery summer 2014 was actually courteous enough to stick around and assist […]

  • Steven Ivory: Joe Sample is Now Free As the Wind

    Sep 18, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I’ve long fantasized celebrated musicians having the ability, when they leave this dimension, to somehow miraculously will their musical chops to the living.   If that were somehow possible, the great keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader Joe Sample, who passed away at his home in Houston, Texas on September 12 at age 75, would still be […]

  • Steven Ivory: Nothing Stands in the Way

    Sep 9, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *”It’s here,” Kevin somberly said to me over the phone, watching from a window of his third story apartment as a U-haul van searched for parking down on Vermont Avenue. Kevin was both elated and melancholy, for on that warm, overcast afternoon he bid farewell to “Nihil Obstat.” The dynamic, moody abstract, which stretched nearly […]

  • Steven Ivory: Living Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’

    Sep 3, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    * “You’re not gonna believe it—Michael’s got a little platform that he dances on, right there in the studio.    He’s doing all kind of moves while he’s recording his vocals!” That was the first thing photographer Bobby Holland, my roommate at the time, told me when he returned to our mid-city Los Angeles apartment one […]

  • Steven Ivory: When TV Went Off

    Aug 26, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *During his 1978 soul classic, “’Cause I Love You,” singer Lenny Williams, narrating one of the most dramatic R&B monologues known to man, wearily says that to take his mind off the woman with whom he is desperately in love, he busied himself at home with all sorts of activities, including watching television “until TV […]

  • Steven Ivory: Get Stopped and Anything Can Happen

    Aug 20, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *One evening last month,  Oklahoma City,   Fourth of July weekend.  I left my family’s home and was driving back to my hotel downtown when in the distance I noticed  on the other side of the street and headed in the opposite direction, a police cruiser. Like most black men born and raised in America, […]