Reasons to be cheerful No. 1

From the Washington Post:

Obamas to Honor Wonder

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama plan to host a concert Wednesday in the White House’s East Room in honor of Stevie Wonder, reports The Post’s DeNeen Brown. Wonder is to be awarded a Gershwin Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Library of Congress.

Wonder’s songs “Higher Ground” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” were played often during Obama’s campaign. And it was the performance last month by Wonder, along with Usher and Shakira, that pulled the Obamas out of their chairs and set them to dancing during the inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

Wednesday’s concert is scheduled to be shown Thursday on PBS as part of the network’s “In Performance at the White House” series and to celebrate Black History Month, the White House announced yesterday.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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