Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series – Pt 4

Several of the poems in The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes have seasonal themes. Featured on this icy January night is Dreams. Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Our featured redhead is Mickey Rooney. Rooney starred in over 300 … Continue reading Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series – Pt 4

Redhead Record Review – Vol. 9

I discovered Taxi on Hulu, so our featured redhead is Marilu Henner. One could argue that the ensemble cast has always been a part of popular television, but it was 70’s era shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, MASH and Taxi that created the format we’re most familiar with today. The production team of Brooks and Davis, along with the writing of James Burrows, … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Vol. 9

Redhead Record Review – Vol. 8

Our featured redhead is Jessica Rabbit. Her exaggerated features and over-the-top sexuality well represent the 1992 album X-tra Naked by Jamaican star Shabba Ranks. All boobs and butt, Jessica would fit in nicely with the dancers featured on the Jamaican dancehall videos playlist on Rockers TV. X-tra Naked was Shabba Ranks’ most popular release, and won the 1993 Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Categorizing this album as … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Vol. 8

Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series – Pt 2

More music and movement from Langston Hughes. Song for a Banjo Dance by Langston Hughes Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake your brown feet, chile, Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake ’em swift and wil’— Get way back, honey, Do that rockin’ step. Slide on over, darling, Now! Come out With your left. Shake your brown feet, honey, Shake ’em, honey chile. Sun’s going down … Continue reading Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series – Pt 2

Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series

This is a spin off of the “popular” series Redhead Record Review. It is a celebration of the poetry of Langston Hughes and popular American music of the Great Depression. For those of you who are of the belief that there is nothing new under the sun, this may help to explain why we sometimes feel we are born into the wrong period in history. The … Continue reading Redhead Quickie – Depression Era Series

Redhead Record Review – Bullhead (Melvins)

Our featured redhead is Shirley Temple. Temple began her film career in 1932 at the age of three and was Hollywood’s biggest box office star from 1935 to 1938. In addition to being nearly as cute as my granddaughter Penelope, Shirley was a talented tap dancer. Here is her classic staircase dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson: Fans of the Melvins are probably aware of the connection between … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Bullhead (Melvins)

Redhead Record Review – Birth of the Cool

This one has it all; a redheaded basketball coaching legend, a book review, and a jazz classic. Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair… From what I remember, Coach Holzman didn’t have much hair either, and what he did have was gray. He of the ironic nickname was born William, but dubbed “Red” by his wife, Selma, back in the day when he sported … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Birth of the Cool

Redhead Record Review – Vol. 3

My mission? To find a redheaded Latina to tie in with my featured artist. Since nearly every famous Latina has sported red tresses at one time or another, this really wasn’t that difficult, but I’m striving for authenticity. I’m not sure if Gloria Estefan is a natural redhead, but she looks fair and freckled, and there sure are a lot of photos of her with … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Vol. 3

Redhead Record Review – Song For My Father

Today’s featured redhead is Ron Howard as Opie Taylor. A current photo of Ron wouldn’t display much hair. A well known fact is that redheads possess magical properties. This is especially true for Howard as evidenced by his long, successful career as an actor and director. Andy and Opie shared a special father-son bond and often enjoyed a day of fishing in idyllic Mayberry. I sometimes … Continue reading Redhead Record Review – Song For My Father