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  • Steven Ivory: My Life in the (Movie) Theater

    Aug 11, 15 by blueolive Comments Off on Steven Ivory: My Life in the (Movie) Theater


    *Chances are really good that I will never be shot in a movie theater. To experience this newest trend in social madness, I’d have to increase my odds by actually being in a movie theater, and rarely am I in one. It’s not that I don’t enjoy movies; I do. The problem isn’t even in […]

  • Steven Ivory: A Remembrance: Bassist Louis Johnson (Photos)

    May 28, 15 by blueolive Comments Off on Steven Ivory: A Remembrance: Bassist Louis Johnson (Photos)


    *It was long after one in the morning, but Louis Johnson was just getting started.  Even so, he was already on fire, alternating between ridiculously funky thumping/slapping /plucking licks and melodic, jazzy finger work, the fiery combination of which looked and sounded supernatural. And I had a front row seat. Not at a concert—that happened […]

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

    May 20, 15 by blueolive Comments Off on Steven Ivory: B.B. King, Blue No More


    *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 on Steven Ivory: Why ‘American Idol’ Mattered


    *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 on Steven Ivory: Ode to the One Hit Wonder


    *“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 on Steven Ivory: When the Nigger is White


    *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 […]