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This morning, as I do every morning, I awoke to the soothing sounds of NPR. I long ago gave up all other radio BECAUSE THEY CAN'T STOP SHOUTING AT ME and pulling asinine pranks on people while laughing it up all HYUK-HYUK-HYUK WE SHORE DID MAKE A FOOL OUTTA HIM HYUK-HYUK-HYUK.

But because it is NPR, I often automatically make assumptions about the story I hear when I wake up.

This morning, I woke up to them talking about something in that tone they have . . . I couldn't focus on it because I was still groggy. A couple of minutes later, in the bathroom, I realized I was hearing the Banana Boat Song.


I focused on the radio and heard them talking about the life and music of Harry Belafonte.

They kept using the past tense. He was the son of a Jamaican mother and a Martiniquan father. He was involved with civil rights and made some controversial political comments . . .

There were snippets of older interviews with the man, and what sounded like something a lot more recent.

I didn't hear much else because I had to get downstairs right that moment to feed my cat Lucy whose ribs were visible and whose stomach was so empty, it was rivaling the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way in its need for more mass. Preferably chicken flavored, and preferably with gravy.

Well, that's what Lucy told me.

So, given all that I had heard, I just naturally assumed that Harry Belafonte had died. I mean, why else would NPR play Calypso music and play interviews with Belafonte himself and talk at length about his life and career?

I checked Facebook and Twitter periodically and was surprised not to find anything about his death. I just now looked on Wikipedia . . . and discovered that he is very much still alive. Eighty-four years old, but still kicking.

Apparently, he's released a new memoir and that is what they were talking to him about. What I thought were snippets from a more recent interview were, in fact, an interview NPR aired "live" this morning. :)

I thought it was interesting that I just automatically assume any famous person whose music NPR plays is dead and that they're doing a retrospective "look back on the long, illustrious career" of whomever.

Belafonte is also going to be in Atlanta next month at the Carter Center talking about his memoir, which might also have contributed to NPR's coverage.

So . . . Harry Belafonte is (still) not dead. But his music was on NPR, so he might as well be.


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Oct. 12th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing about Rooney recently -- they were recapping his career, they had snips...

He was just retiring, but, same reaction.

That being said, I cannot stand happytalk drivetime shockjock BS. Why is the entire world pitched at not-very-intelligent 14-year-olds?
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hard-of-hearing, unintelligent, 14-year-old MALES, to be precise. The ones who bully other kids and think it's funny and make "Stop hitting yourself!" "jokes" until they're well into their 40s. (Biff from Back to the Future.)

I loathe shock-jock crap.
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
I had the same kind of response this morning, wondering if he'd died when I heard them talking about him. Then I had a pain in the butt commute and forgot to look it up when I got to work.
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's like George Hrab read my mind. I make a post about NPR and we bring up shock-jocks....

And then I run across this link on Twitter. I MUST share.

Oct. 13th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
No Choice
Sometimes my NPR station is drowned out by Bro. Wilemon's signal and I get to hear about GAWD and JAY-SUS early in the morning. I am a church going person but I don't like that early in the morning.
Oct. 14th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: No Choice
I don't like anyone yelling at me about anything, especially not that early in the morning. Bro. Wilemon is not doing his message any favors. :)
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