music clip of the day


Month: July, 2013

Wednesday, July 31st

More sounds from the shadows.

György Kurtág (1926-), 12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András) (1978), Maxwell Quartet, live, Scotland (Argyllshire), 2012



reading table

By George Oppen (1908-1984)

The bulk of it
In air

Is what they wanted. Compassion
Above the doors, the doorways

Mary the woman and the others
The lesser

Are dreams on the structure. But that a stone
Supports another

That the stones
Stand where the masons locked them

Above the farmland
Above the will

Because a hundred generations
Back of them and to another people

The world cried out above the mountain

Tuesday, July 30th


Ran Blake (1935-), “Over the Rainbow” (H. Arlen & E. Harburg), live, Portugal (Lisbon), 2010



reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Monday, 7/29/13


J.J. Cale, singer, songwriter, guitarist, December 5, 1938-July 26, 2013

Today, remembering him, we revisit an earlier post.


What was it like growing up in the 1950s in the lonesome state of Oklahoma?

Leon Russell knows.

So does this guy.

J.J. Cale (with Eric Clapton), “After Midnight” (J. Cale), live, Dallas, 2004

Who supplies the juice here?

It ain’t the guitar god from England.

It’s the grizzled guitar player from the state with the funny shape (:38-1:12, 1:41-44, 2:14-48, 3:36-50, 4:20-44).

(Originally posted 11/1/10.)

Sunday, 7/28/13


Boyd Rivers & Ruth May Rivers, “Fire in My Bones,” live, Canton, Miss., 1978

Sunday, July 21st

making a joyful noise

Evangelist Rosie Haynes (alto saxophone, vocals), “Because He Lives,” live, Milwaukee, 2005




taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Saturday, July 20th


The world seems, sometimes, like an uncatalogued collection of miracles.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 6 in E minor; Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano

Friday, July 19th

what’s new

The Flaming Lips, “Turning Violent”



random thoughts

Given all the things that can go wrong with the human mind, it’s a wonder any of us function at all.

Thursday, July 18th

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), first movement; Cypress String Quartet, 2006



musical thoughts

I wouldn’t want to listen to the same kind of music every day any more than I’d want to eat the same kind of food.

Wednesday, July 17th

What’s needed sometimes, like, for instance, the other morning, when I was driving to court for a hearing in a murder case, slid this into the CD player, and cranked up the volume, is something to get your juices going.

Mark Ernestus, “Mark Ernestus Meets BBC,” 2011



reading table

“Come see
the crappy house at night!”
croak the frogs

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), 1807 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Tuesday, July 16th

baseball and boogiewoogie

In advance of tonight’s All-Star game, here’s the answer to a baseball trivia question: Who’s the finest musician ever to work between the foul lines? This guy, “the progenitor of boogie-woogie piano,” played for the Chicago All-Americans, a Negro league team, during World War I, then worked for twenty-five years as a groundskeeper for the Chicago White Sox.

Jimmy Yancey (1894 [or 1898]-1951), piano, “Yancey Stomp,” 1939

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