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Shake Your Hips

9920017 Exile on Main Street rev 21 sm

Exile on Main Street– At Kada Gallery, Erie

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.

–Ursula K. Le Guin, The Creatures on My Mind, 1996

Going with the Exile theme on this Sunday morning.

Let’s start with a quote from author Ursula Le Guin. We often think of the imagination as expanding our vision, allowing us to see things beyond our reality and create new possibilities that might someday come to bear. In that way, imagination gives us the world. But she points out that this same imagination allows us to envision peril and conspiracies that don’t exist, that create fear and paranoia in us. Things that make us exiles in this world.

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool… — love that line.

Then, continuing with the Exile theme, let’s go to the painting at the top which is currently at the Kada Gallery in Erie. It borrowed its title, Exile on Main Street, from the classic 1972 Rolling Stones album, considered by many to be the group’s masterwork.

And let’s finish, for this week’s Sunday Morning Music, with a song that came from that album. It’s Shake Your Hips and is covered here with a terrific performance from Joan Osborne. I think Joan Osborne is vastly underappreciated. I saw her 20-some years ago in a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Carnegie Hall with the Chieftains and was blown away by her voice.

I only knew her from a huge pop hit she had a few years before, One of Us, a song that asked the question: What if god was one of us? It was one of those songs that inundated the airwaves at the time, seeming like it was on every radio channel all the time. It’s a good tune but it didn’t really give an idea of what I feel are her true abilities. I am throwing it on her as well if you can’t remember the song.

Okay, on to the day…

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