My latest article for the Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is a biographical sketch of Mose Allison. Here’s the intro:
I canâ€™t believe the things Iâ€™m seeing
I wonder â€˜bout some things Iâ€™ve heard
Everybodyâ€™s crying mercy
When they donâ€™t know the meaning of the word
A bad enough situation
Itâ€™s sure enough getting worse
Everybodyâ€™s crying justice
Just as long as itâ€™s business first
By JASON CRANE â€¢ Special to the Guide
One could easily think those lyrics come from someone like Bright Eyes or Chuck D, but they were written in 1968 by one Mose Allison, the â€œSage of Tippo, Miss.â€, who performs at the islandâ€™s Jazz Corner this weekend.
Over the years that song, â€œEverybodyâ€™s Cryinâ€™ Mercy,â€ has been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello, and 40 years later it still stands as a testament to the prescience, courage and conviction of one of the most original songwriters of the 20th century. Allison songs have been covered by an eclectic group that includes Van Morrison, The Who, The Clash and The Yardbirds.
You can read the rest here.