James Jamerson and Edisto Island (via Charleston through an Artist’s eye)

I met Jack McCray last night, who writes and knows all about Charleston Jazz. I quote from him in this piece. Needless to say, we talked about James Jamerson and Edisto Island. What history and what music this man knows! The event was celebration of the heritage foodways of slaves, at Magnolia Plantation, who has an amazing project going on, spearheaded by the enthusiastic, and sweetheart of a guy, D.J. Tucker. Michael Twitty served madeira soaked ham, and yeast rolls, which had been cooked over an open fire all day. Oh my good!

James Jamerson and Edisto Island As a child, my mother rocked me to sleep in a rocking chair and sang a song about ‘going to tell Aunt Dinah.’ It went on…. “the old grey goose is dead, the one she’s been savin’, to make a feather bed.” Who was Aunt Dinah, and where did this song originate? I have no clue, but I … Read More

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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