James Brown used to tell people that even being stillborn as a child couldn’t stop him. He rose to the highest heights in the music industry and stayed there longer than most. But in the end he succumbed to atrocious financial planning, a drug habit and a violent temper.
RJ Smith, author of the new biography The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, tells NPR’s Guy Raz that Brown believed he was indestructible.
“Having been through as much in his life as he went through — criminal experiences, been up and down with the music industry, made millions, lost millions — I think on some level he felt whatever happened happened, and he couldn’t die.”
Kathleen Edwards is a singer-songwriter from Canada who just released her fourth album, Voyageur. There’s a lot of heartache and self-doubt on the record, and that makes sense — much of it was written around the time of Edwards’ divorce from her husband and musical collaborator. The song “Pink Champagne” would seem to be a case in point: It takes place at a wedding where a young bride is second-guessing her decision. But Edwards says the message of that song isn’t quite so literal.
“It’s not about a divorce. It’s about re-examining where you are in life and trying to figure out the mistakes you’ve made and how you could be a better person.”
This winter, a whole lot of snowy owls have been spotted all across the country, way farther south than you would usually see them and in greater numbers, from Washington state to Maine and as far south as Oklahoma.