The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81642   Message #1497690
Posted By: Azizi
01-Jun-05 - 06:55 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Oscar Brown, Jr. (29 May 2005)
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN MALINDY SINGS (Oscar Brown Jr)
I had the honor of seeing Oscar Brown Jr perform in Newark, New Jersey around 1968.

I was soo impressed with his song "Brother Where Are You?"

My condolences to his family. He gave beauty to the world.

****
Magret, you mentioned a Oscar Brown Jr song, "When Malindy Sings". Is that song the same as [or based on]this poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar?

WHEN MALINDY SINGS
G'way an' quit dat noise, Miss Lucy—
Put dat music book away;
What's de use to keep on tryin'?
Ef you practise twell you're gray...

You ain't got de nachel o'gans
Fu' to make de soun' come right,
You ain't got de tu'ns an' twistin's
Fu' to make it sweet an' light....

Easy 'nough fu' folk to hollah,
Lookin' at de lines an' dots,
When dey ain't no one kin sence it,
An' de chune comes in, in spots.

Source: http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dunbar/malindy.htm