keep on dancing
Moodymann, “The Day We Lost The Soul”/ “Tribute! (To The Soul We Lost),” 1995
Theo Parrish, “The Love I Lost” (Re-edit of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), 2003
Dance music holds out the hope, as the beat goes on, and on, and on, that nothing will be lost. Ever. But then it, too, ends.
Lee Moses, singer & guitarist, 1941-1997
“Bad Girl” (1967)
“Diana (From N.Y.C.)” (1971)
*When I was little, a big bright jukebox lit up our basement. Daily it granted our every wish, communicated with just the touch of a finger. “Wake Up Little Susie” (Everly Brothers). “The Battle of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton). “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” (Gene Pitney). It taught me something I never forgot—music is magic.
protean, adj. 1. Of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms. 2. Displaying great diversity or variety. E.g., Miles Davis.
Miles Davis Quintet (MD, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums), “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” live, Germany (Karlsruhe), 1967
There’s something in nothing, and we’ll never know what it is.
—Susan Howe, poet, after a performance of Frolic Architecture with composer and musician David Grubbs at the University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel
Today let’s leave Chicago, where the longest season, it sometimes seems, is not-yet-spring, and head south—to a little church in a small town in Georgia.
Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Oglethorpe, Georgia, 12/17/11
Anything can be used to make music—even a book (7:57-).
The passion for music is itself an admission. We know more about a stranger who abandons himself to it than about someone indifferent to it whom we deal with every day.
—E. M. Cioran, Anathemas and Aphorisms (translated from French by Richard Howard, 1991)
only rock ’n’ roll
flashback, n. 1. An unexpected recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug long after its original use. 2. A vivid memory that arises spontaneously or is provoked by an experience. 3. An experience that has characteristics of an earlier experience.
Rubble, live, Austin (Room 710), c. 2005
The Golden Age of Television
Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans” (J. Driftwood)
The Ed Sullivan Show, 1959
Some places actually exist because they could never be imagined.
Treme Sidewalk Steppers Second Line, Rebirth Brass Band (with guest Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, trumpet), New Orleans, 2/1/09
Happy Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (with Arthur Hardy)