Dr. Roger Wood to Discuss Spirituality and the Blues With I.J. Gosey and Diunna Greenleaf Tonight
"We will discuss, among other things, their personal experiences as music performers who got started in the context of in the church-house but eventually migrated to the blues stage. We will also talk about the concept of music - in general, but particularly gospel and blues - as medicine for the soul."And especially through I.J. Gosey's personal history, [we will] trace the phenomenon of long-standing weekly blues gatherings that are, in many respects, analogous to going to church."The series has gone very well," adds Dr. Wood. "The first week my guest was Texas Johnny Brown, and we talked mainly about improvisation in relation to creativity, as well as the emergence of the electric guitar as the dominant instrument in blues and in so much popular music. "The second week the theme focused on gender, particularly the experience of women in the blues past and present, and my guest was Trudy Lynn." 7:30 p.m. tonight, The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose (near Bissonnet). Free.