Some folks sing when they speak.
Bishop Robert Manley, Jr., Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God, Frankfort, Kentucky, 2008
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I think there are certain aspects of music which do not have any equivalent in speech, in particular the pulse of music, the steady rhythm, and its synchronization with movement.
With all due respect to Dr. Sacks (whom I admire greatly), I think maybe he should get out more often—to, for instance, churches in Harlem.
listening room: what’s playing
• Professor Longhair, Crawfish Fiesta (Alligator); House Party New Orleans Style (Rounder); No Buts, No Maybes: The 1949-1957 Recordings (Hoodoo Records)
• Arthur Russell, Calling Out Of Context (Audika)
• Theo Parrish, Sound Sculptures Volume 1 (Sound Signature)
• Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet, Tabligh (Cuneiform)
• Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali, Going To The Ritual (Porter Records)
• Jason Moran, Ten (Blue Note)
• Various Artists, Gospel Music (Hyena Records)
• The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi: 1947-1954 (Acrobat)
• Brother Claude Ely, Ain’t No Grave (Dust-to-Digital)
• The Skatalites, Ball of Fire (Island)
• Tinariwen: Imidiwan: Companions (World Village)
• Ali Akbar Khan, Peerless (Navras)
• Bach: Cello Suites, Nos. 1-3, Jean-Guinen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi)
• Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus, Stephane Ginsburgh (Sub Rosa); John Tilbury, Morton Feldman, All Piano (London HALL)
• WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)
—Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
—Out to Lunch (Various, jazz)
—Afternoon New Music (Various, classical and hard-to-peg)
—Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)
—Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture, “new bass and beats”)
—Sinner’s Crossroads (Kevin Nutt, gospel)
—Give The Drummer Some (Doug Schulkind, sui generis)
—Reggae Schoolhouse (Jeff Sarge)
—Transpacific Sound Paradise (Rob Weisberg, “popular and unpopular music from around the world”)
—Daniel Blumin (sui generis)
—Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona (live sets)
Thanks and despite its brevity it is quite touching.
David [Holzman, in response to an email letting him know that he was featured here yesterday]