Oxford American :: The 10th Annual Music Issue

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While I subscribe to a handful of magazines, the quarterly Oxford American is without a doubt the most rewarding of the bunch; it’s arrival is always a sincere mailbox treat. Spanning everything from politics to film, music, literature, sports and general Southern living the writing and content are nothing less than superb (the Autumn issue was dedicated to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast three years post-Katrina.)

Like a lot of folks, I was initially turned on to the publication via their annual music issue which continually covers disparate genres that all are tied, in one way or another, the the region’s rich musical heritage. This year, the music editions tenth anniversary, boasts not one, but two CD compilations. Disc one, entitled Past Masters, features artists who have graced the compilations from past issues (albeit with new track selections), while disc two, Future Masters, features artists making there OA debut (Neko Case, Bobby Charles, etc.). Check out Jerry Lee Lewis (who graces the issues cover) knock out Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming,” in a fashion true to the killer himself. Also, Aretha’s sister Erma makes good on a tune her famed sibling also delivered upon back in the ’60s. And as the issue points out, which version do you prefer?

Related: Making a case for serendipity, we recently did a Sevens on Arthur Lee’s “Everybody’s Gotta Live” that went live yesterday. Oxford American included Love’s acoustic version on this year’s sampler. You can hear both in the aforementioned post.

MP3: Jerry Lee Lewis :: Hold On I’m Coming
MP3: Erma Franklin :: Baby I Love You
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10 thoughts on “Oxford American :: The 10th Annual Music Issue

  1. Thank you for your post! I would have never found out, I will have to look at it now.

    Ummm. Is it okay if I ask a vaguely related question? It is something I think about quite a bit, very curious about how other people’s minds work.

    My only source of knowledge about the world is me. I don’t have a talent for talking about music. I can listen to it and feel it or perform it. Both are sensory, not verbal.

    Where do you find the words? How does it work?

    Again, If I were to describe the music I learnt about, I would say “you have to check it out it’s really good”, “it’s okay, well produced and catchy”, “it’s crap”, or “it’s really horrible”. I just categorized it without any prior intention. Getting more verbose than that, having to come up with pretty adjective would my my head hurt (and that’s not because I can’t come up with words – I can – it’s because it’s about music that is too dear to me) and would ruin the sensory relationship with the piece of music that just found.

    It does not happen for you?

    Again, please forgive me for an out of the blue childish questions – I am really intrigued with the process.

    Thank you!

  2. I subscribe to OA for a while, get mad at it, drop the subscription, then pick it up again when I have forgotten what made me mad. As a reminder to myself:

    1. Roy Blount: a fake Southerner and non-funny humorist who lucked into a good article in the current edition.

    2. The Katrina Issue: OA tends to focus on the familiar South–the parts you have already met up with on TV–and forget the rest.

    3. The Music Issue: Neko Case is great. Why is she “Southern”? Being born in Alexandria? Please. Same for last year’s CD closers, the Roches. Again, I love “The Hammond Song,” but what does it have to do with the South?

  3. Jim, RE: Neko Case, et al. Iassume that OA. like the Jim White documentary “Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus” is more interested in music that feels connected to the south. Besides,Case hails from below the mason dixon.

  4. Case, an “Honorary Canadian,” spent only a bit of her childhood in the South.

    I like OA, but I wish it would stop shifting its definition of what constitutes “the South”–either that or drop the focus.

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