Brother Keep Us [mixtape]

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I began this mix in 2011, when I last returned to Michigan. In the midst of feeling directionless and alone, I was trying to start again, build something, connect myself with bigger ideas. Instead, I nearly ruined my life.

I was on a collision course with something terrible, and I had no idea it was coming.

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Jimmy Scott – Sycamore Trees

One of my favorite jazz vocalists ever, “Little” Jimmy Scott possesses an unusually high and beautiful voice due to a rare genetic disorder which stunted his growth and prevented the occurrance of puberty and the vocal changes that accompany it.  Starting out in the 1940s singing for bands led by Lionel Hampton and Charlie Parker, he had a career often obscured by credit slights and contractual shenanigans until fading back into civilian life in the late 60s.. only to resurface in 1991 after his performance at the funeral of friend rendered listeners speechless and raised his name in important circles.  His first comeback album earned Grammy nominations and he’s been steadily recording and touring to this day at the age of 86.  My introduction personal introduction was thanks to the impeccable taste and foresight of David Lynch.  Performing a song written by Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti, Jimmy Scott appears in the bizzarre and wonderful climax of the singularly brilliant Twin Peaks.

I’m in a time crunch on route to a long day at work so I will have to edit and elaborate tonight.  I need to get this out and have you hear it so I’m hitting Publish now.  I’ll also share one of my favorite Jimmy Scott releases in the near future.  For now, enjoy.