music clip of the day


Sunday, April 26th

More of Vernard Johnson.

Live, Roanoke, Tx.


“What Is This,” live (Something’s Got a Hold on Me), Little Rock, Ark., 1981


“I’ve Decided To Make Jesus My Choice,” The Gospel Saxophone of Vernard Johnson, 1974

Saturday, April 25th

Sometimes nothing is more enlivening than to hear something that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Rebecca Saunders (1967-), Fury II (2009); Remix Ensemble (Emilio Pomarico, cond.; Antonio Augusto Aguiar, bass), live, Portugal (Porto), 2011




reading table

after the dance
right away, cutting
the morning grass

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Friday, April 24th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Metz, “Get Off,” live, Seattle, 2014

Thursday, April 23rd

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mingus!

Charles Mingus, composer, bandleader, bassist
April 22, 1922-January 5, 1979

Better late than never for someone who, like Miles and Monk, Bach and Beethoven, I couldn’t live without.

Charles Mingus (bass) with Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute), Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), live, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden, 1964*



musical thoughts

There’s something about listening to Eric Dolphy that makes you feel glad to be alive.

—Cliff Preiss, D.J., yesterday, WKCR (Columbia University), Mingus birthday broadcast


*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):

00:00-00:45 Intro
00:46-05:33 So Long Eric
05:35-11:20 Peggy’s Blue Skylight
11:23-32:03 Meditations On Integration

32:30-54:46 So Long Eric
56:30-1:11:40 Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
1:13:53-1:16:20 Parkeriana
1:16:22-1:29:05 Take The “A” Train

1:30:05-1:33:55 So Long Eric
1:34:02-1:52:35 Meditations On Integration
1:52:40- 1:59:50 So Long Eric

Wednesday, April 22nd

sounds of South Africa

Fantasma, “Basbizile,” live, London, 2015


Another take (Free Love, 2015)

Tuesday, April 21st

sounds of Malawi

The Very Best with Mafalika, “Let’s Go,” live, Malawi (Kumbali Village), 2/15


Another take (Makes a King, 4/15)

Monday, April 20th

what’s new

Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta” (video, 4/15; To Pimp a Butterfly, 3/15)


Sunday, April 19th

In forty years this guy has let me down not once.

Vernard Johnson, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last,” live



random thoughts

Blessed to be awakened, again, by birds.

Saturday, April 18th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Anner Bylsma, live, 2000



art beat: Thursday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vase in the Form of an Exotic Plant, 1886/87

Style: "Japanese baskets"


Friday, April 17th

With all he does, this can get lost: on guitar, he’s a killer.

Cee Lo Green, “Crazy,” live (with Prince, guitar), New York, 2011


Stevie Wonder, “Superstition,” live (with Prince, guitar), Paris, 2010



reading table

I am alive—I guess—

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #605 (Franklin), first line


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