I heard the rich, resonant voice of Sir Willard White on the BBC this week. He talked about the Paul Robeson Legacy, his latest recording and concert tour. The interviewer noted declining opera patronage and asked Sir Willard if he would consider performing via the Internet. He laughed at the notion but suggested that he’d try anything to reach an audience. Whether he knows it or not, there are Willard White clips on YouTube. Deep River is a traditional spiritual that evokes Robeson. And Ol’ Man River is the Kern-and-Hammerstein classic from Show Boat (1936 revision) that launched the legacy.
Café Mouffe opens on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the set notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.