Music!

April 12, 2020By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

From time to time, people still ask us why we don’t give-away CD mixes any more. Mainly because hardly anybody ever listens to CDs any more. Which is why we’re gradually converting our most popular mixes into Click-And-Play streaming files. Here’s hoping this page leads you to lots of great discoveries. If so, remember: Support the artists you like!   AMERICANA Country … Read More

Meet The Need, And Funding Will Take Care Of Itself.

February 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, CULTURE, Neat Ideas, People

A look inside The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s strategic planning process Few, if any, non-profit organizations have played a broader role in my hometown’s transformation from a Civil Rights-era battleground to an emergent symbol of the New South than the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Created in 1959, the Foundation has used grants from … Read More

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

January 1, 2018By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Humor, Miscellaneous

This column was originally published in the January, 2012 issue of B-Metro Magazine. Now seemed like a good time to re-post it. Almost true story: A fine Southern lady and her daughter are taking a cab through New York, when the young girl asks about several brazenly-dressed women standing at a nearby street corner. “Well, sweetheart,” … Read More

Heartland 2017 – Let’s Twist Again

December 23, 1999By francis-adminCULTURE, FUN, Music

Americana Made Great. #3 in the series.   (playlist under artwork) CLICK ARTWORK TO LAUNCH PLAYER OR DOWNLOAD Playlist JD McPherson  CRYING’S JUST A THING YOU DO Phil Cook  1922 Little Feat  DOWN ON THE FARM Maria Muldaur  THE WORK SONG Phil Cook  GONE Rolling Stones  SWEET VIRGINIA John Mellencamp  SUGAR HILL MOUNTAIN John Mooney  … Read More

Choose Your Associates Wisely.

August 15, 2017By FrancisBUSINESS, CULTURE, General Biz

Our web programmer Richard Thomas recently removed himself from consideration for a significant new business opportunity—after receiving a series of abrasive communiqués from the organization’s top executive (a physician). The last of which concluded with a direct order: “From now on, you will refer to me as Dr. [Whatever].” Shortly after that decision, Richard’s partner … Read More