Trail Mix | Peter Cooper

first_imgJohn Prine and me. We both get it.As I was putting the finishing touches on this blog post, a message traveled across my Facebook feed. It was from John Prine, and it read “I really enjoyed this book; reading about Cowboy (Jack Clement) brought back many great memories . . . highly recommend!”The book Prine was referring to was Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music.I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Cooper a number of years ago. I once spent time around a table laden with bourbon and cupcakes discussing music and, ultimately, some of the same characters that made it into this book. As a professor at Vanderbilt University and writer for the The Tennessean, singer-songwriter, and now senior director at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooper has been blessed with the good fortune to have spent much of his adult life surrounded by country music icons.Cooper has written stories about, written songs with, opened concerts for and played concerts with, or interviewed an enviable list of country music’s best. And, as his book points out, that list includes names you know – Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, George Jones, Loretta Lynn – and maybe some you don’t, like Lloyd Green, Don Schlitz, and David Olney. Many of the names I knew. Some of them I didn’t. But, in every case, I knew the stories surrounding the names were significant and of import, for if they weren’t, Cooper wouldn’t share them.So take it from me, and John Prine, that this book is definitely worth your time.I recently caught up with Peter Cooper to chat about the book, musicians and writers he admires, and the fun business.BRO – Which story from your book is the one you are most looking forward to telling your son when he is old enough to appreciate it?PC – Everybody in the world would be better off if they’d met Cowboy Jack Clement and soaked up his wisdom. I’d like my son to understand and appreciate the story about Cowboy stopping a nervous recording session by saying, “Remember, we’re in the fun business. If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our jobs.” I’d like my boy to grow up and enter the fun business one day.BRO – I enjoyed reading about your ever-evolving list of favorite records. What is the newest record to make the list?PC – I think you’re talking about my list of Ten Favorite Country and Americana albums, which changes every few minutes. Today’s additions to that list are Old Crow Medicine Show’s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, which was recorded at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater, by the way, and Mickey Newbury’s Live at Montezuma Hall. And Rodney Crowell’s Close Ties is genius level work, too. If I’m going to be honest here, I’m also going to have to include an album I co-produced: I Sang the Song: Life of the Voice With a Heart, which Thomm Jutz and I wrote with the great Mac Wiseman, who’ll turn 92 on May 23rd of this year. We essentially wrote Mac’c musical memoir and then called in John Prine, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, and other wonderful people to sing the songs. It’s one of the most touching, heartfelt albums in country music history. I’m beyond proud to have been a part of it. Isn’t pride one of the deadly sins? So be it.BRO – Do you still get starstruck?Having a great appreciation for art and artists is different from being starstruck. The appreciation thing makes you smarter, where the starstruck things makes you dumber. I’m only starstruck around two people, and I know both of them pretty well. One of them is Tom T. Hall, who is a friend and a profound inspiration, every day. He has supported me, engaged with me, talked me up, and done everything he could to make me feel comfortable around him. But I’m still nervous in his presence, and I’m profoundly aware that losing his respect or chipping away at his goodwill would be positively crippling for me. The other person I get starstruck around is Peter Guralnick, who actually wrote the forward to this book. Peter is the best researcher of all the great writers, and he is the best writer of all the great researchers. I know enough about writing to know that it is impossible to be on Peter Guralnick’s level. You’d be better off finding Lebron James and challenging him, one-on-one. Like Tom T., Peter is also gracious and kind to others in public and in private. Maybe it’s not starstruck so much as it’s the odd sensation of being praised and encouraged by these men’s words and deeds at the same time you’re being humbled by their unmistakable mastery and their profound humanity.BRO – What artists do you see ready to step up and carry the flame after this generation of country icons fades away?PC – Truly iconic work never fades away. We’re always going to have Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Tom T. Hall, and Emmylou Harris. That said, there are people walking and singing and playing amongst us that make special and enduring music. I’ve been inspired by Jason Isbell’s songwriting, guitar playing, and performances. I think Chris Stapleton is a singer for the ages. There’s a young guy on Warner Bros. Records named Charlie Worsham who is as talented, driven, accessible, and interesting as heroes of his like Vince Gill and Marty Stuart. Sierra Hull plays the mandolin like no one ever has, and she’s a commanding performer, at age 25. My friend Thomm Jutz is as compelling an acoustic guitar player as anyone on the planet. Anyone who wonders where all the good music has gone is not intellectually curious enough to seek out the good music that is happening right now.BRO – Are you already busy collecting tales for the next book?PC – I know exactly what I want the next book to be, and I know it’s going to take time and study, and I know for sure that it is nothing anyone else is thinking about writing. It has the potential to be a best-seller and it has the potential to be a tremendous failure or to go unpublished. But, man, it’ll be fun. We’re in the fun business, you know? If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our jobs.Johnny’s Cash & Charley’s Pride:  Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music is out now via Spring House Press. Look for it wherever it is you happen to buy books.last_img read more

Cops: Drunken Driver Struck Police Vehicle, Fled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver fled in his vehicle and later on foot after striking a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Commack early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other charges, after police deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. A Fourth Precinct sergeant initially performed a traffic stop on Wiggins’ car in a parking lot on Route 25 and Kings Park Road in Commack at 4:05 a.m. When the sergeant stepped out of his vehicle, Wiggins allegedly backed into the police cruiser several times and then fled the scene, police said. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle a second time, but Wiggins allegedly fled, police said. Officers later deployed stop sticks on Route 25 and Manor Road, puncturing the tires on Wiggins’ 2008 Toyota Avalon, police said. After the car crashed on Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, Wiggins attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, police said.Wiggins was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wiggins will be held overnight before his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

The inn crowd

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Exports of agricultural commodities continue despite logistical disruptions

first_imgTopics : With the pandemic having an impact on food availability, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned countries that it is important to ensure that trade restrictions do not distort the global market.The Trade Ministry temporarily eased the import process for several key commodities by allowing companies to purchase products from overseas without permits. The Agriculture Ministry sped up the issuance of import recommendations for over 460,000 tons of garlic.“I want the Agriculture Ministry to have a deep sense of the crisis as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said in the same online briefing. “We can only fight the coronavirus if food availability is certain.” “We have noticed that our exports have continued amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the ministry’s Agriculture Quarantine Agency head, Ali Jamil, said in an online briefing on April 30.The fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected over 3 million people worldwide, has forced some countries to temporarily impose lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus, causing logistical disruptions.The disruptions have in part caused the volume of Indonesia’s agricultural exports to decline slightly by 0.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 9 million tons between January and March. In March, agricultural exports accounted for 2.25 percent of the country’s total exports.However, the ministry reported the export value rose 14.35 percent yoy to around Rp 100 trillion between January and March. Of the four subsectors, only food crop exports showed a decline, losing 14 percent of its value.center_img Indonesia’s exports of agricultural commodities have continued despite logistical disruptions caused by measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.The Agriculture Ministry officially dispatched a shipment of 94,000 tons of agricultural commodities including mangosteen, ornamental plants, coconut water, nutmeg and cloves last week to 43 countries in Asia and Europe through the country’s nine main ports.In April, Indonesia exported nearly 1.5 million tons of at least 166 types of agricultural products, which were valued at Rp 26.8 trillion (US$1.7 billion).last_img read more

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain’s Dopamine Release

first_imgPsychology Today 15 April 2016Family First Comment: In a statement regarding the most recent study on heavy cannabis use and dopamine release, Jeffrey Lieberman MD, Chair of Psychiatry at CUMC and past president of the American PsychiatricAssociation, concluded, “these findings add to the growing body of research demonstrating the potentially adverse effects of cannabis, particularly in youth, at the same time that government policies and laws are increasing access and use.”   Yep!The March 2016 study, “Deficits in Striatal Dopamine Release in Cannabis Dependence (link is external),” was published in Molecular Psychiatry. For this study, an international team of researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans to track a radiolabelled molecule that binds to dopamine receptors in the brain. The scientists specifically measured dopamine release in the striatum and its subregions.The brain scans identified that severe marijuana dependence (now referred to as cannabis use disorder) is associated with a reduced release of dopamine within the striatum. The striatum is a brain region involved in working memory, impulsive behavior, and attention.The researchers believe that lower dopamine release within the striatum may be linked to the greater emotional withdrawal and inattention observed in marijuana-dependent study participants. Previous studies have found that addiction to other drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, have similar effects on dopamine release. However, this is the first study to provide evidence that heavy cannabis use may reduce dopamine release.In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter which helps control the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Dopaminergic pathways are neural pathways that transmit dopamine from one region of the brain to another. Dopamine drives reward-motivated behavior and helps us regulate movement and emotional responses.Dopamine not only enables someone to identify rewards, it gives him or her the oomph to seize the day and achieve goals. People with low levels of dopamine are statistically more prone to drug abuse, addiction, and amotivational syndrome (link is external).In the most recent study, the cannabis users had significantly lower dopamine release in the striatum, including subregions involved in associative and sensorimotor learning. The researchers also explored the relationship between dopamine release in key areas of the striatum and cognitive performance on learning and working memory tasks. Lower dopamine release was associated with subpar performance on both tasks.In a statement regarding the most recent study on heavy cannabis use and dopamine release, Jeffrey Lieberman (link is external), MD, Chair of Psychiatry at CUMC and past president of the American Psychiatric Association, concluded, “these findings add to the growing body of research demonstrating the potentially adverse effects of cannabis, particularly in youth, at the same time that government policies and laws are increasing access and use.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Semple gets green light for Munster Final

first_imgAs expected they have chosen Semple Stadium in Thurles for the July 12th clash of Tipp and Waterford in what will be a fitting tribute to the late Jimmy Doyle.Redevelopment work at Pairc Uí Chaoimh ruled out the Cork venue for the game while the Gaelic Ground in Limerick and Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney were also ruled out.Tipp FM will of course have live commentary of the game in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img

Nielsen leads for Stage 3 of An Post Ras

first_imgStage 3 of the An Post Rás takes the riders 149 kilometres from Newport to Bundoran.Demarks Nicolai Nielsen remains in the yellow jersey with a 9 second lead.Chris McGlinchey of Cycling Ulster is the best placed Irish rider in 7th.last_img