Carolyn Wilkins

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In my book They Raised Me Up I talk about my life as a single Mom and budding jazz musician back in the '80s.  Here's a tune I wrote to celebrate all the fun I had jamming with my musician friends at tiny dives all over Boston.  Almost exclusively, these musicians were guys - hence the title.  Enjoy!

Lyrics

Once upon a time when I was young and so green

Used to hang with The Boys

Make my mark on the scene

We'd be jammin' and jammin' and jammin' all night

In little nightclubs all over this town

We played the swingin' blues and be-bop

Crazy music nonstop

What fun hangin' out with The Boys

Carolyn Wilkins

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On August 27, I appeared with Dr. Al-Tony Gilmore as a guest on the Maggie Linton radio show.  The topic was  Colorism and Passing In American life and culture, and I talked about my book Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise From Slavery to Bittersweet Success.  As you can imagine, the conversation was animated!  Check it out.

Carolyn Wilkins

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This is my absolute favorite Spiritual.  Here's a solo piano version I recorded a few weeks ago.