music clip of the day


Month: January, 2014

Friday, January 31st

Feeling glum?

No more.

Orphic Oxtra, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2011

“Kebab Diskó”


“Orfeus Bekonovitsjí Polka!”



Thursday, January 30th

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Why Patterns?; California EAR Unit (Dorothy Stone, flute; Arthur Jarvinen, glockenspiel; Gaylord Mowrey, piano), 1991

His music makes so much use of space it seems to keep going even after the sounds have stopped.

Wednesday, January 29th


Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, banjo player, May 3, 1919-January 27, 2014

“Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” live, Australia (Melbourne), 1963


“Amazing Grace,” live, New York (90th birthday concert, Madison Square Garden), 5/3/09

Tuesday, January 28th

This just in from my son Luke (now twenty-two, living in Kansas City):

Did you see Stevie Wonder last night with Daft Punk?

Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, “Get Lucky,” live (Grammy Awards), 1/26/14

Monday, January 27th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2013

Sunday, January 26th

Little Richard, Jerry Lee—they’ve got nothing on this gal.

Rev. Julius Cheeks (lead vocals), Marge Cheeks (piano), Knights of Washington, D.C., “Morning Train,” TV show (TV Gospel Time), early 1960s

Saturday, January 25th

sounds of Japan

What do you get when you cross Abba and the Chipmunks?

Perfume, “1 mm,” 2013

Friday, January 24th

sweet soul music

Al Green, live, 1974

Thursday, January 23rd

sweet soul music

Larry Hargrove, “Gone On Pt. 2,” live, c. 2010

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thirty-seven years ago, at a church outside Chicago, my wife Suzanne and I were married. Saxophonist Von Freeman and pianist John Young played at the ceremony.* Afterward, at the nearby reception hall, this guy tickled the ivories. All three are now gone.

Blind John Davis (1913-1985), live, Canada, early ’80s







*Here’s how they sounded that night. (Give it a few seconds.)

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