music clip of the day


Month: May, 2015

Sunday, May 31st


Anointed Brown Sisters, “Hold On,” live, LaFayette, Alabama (Mt. Sellers Baptist Church), 2011



random thoughts

Each day I know less.

Saturday, May 30th

sounds of Niger

Mdou Moctar, “à la maison,” live, Niger (Ingall), 2013




reading table

Neither question nor assertion makes sense / when truth is a tone of voice.

—Karen Solie, “Interior” (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)


Friday, May 29th

only rock ‘n’ roll

The Oblivians, live, Bartlett, Tenn., 1996

Thursday, May 28th

How about something new?

PRISM Quartet and Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), excerpts from “15 Places at the Same Time” (S. Lehman), live, Philadelphia, 2014



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There’s a reason it’s called the nervous / system.

—Karen Solie, “Ode” (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)


Wednesday, May 27th

Sit back. Close your eyes. Listen—just listen.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Emil Gilels (1916-1985), live



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My boys.

I don’t have them to hold. What do I do with my arms?

—Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave

Monday, May 18th

sounds of Brazil

Gilberto Gil, live (TV show), Brazil, 1994



random thoughts

Of us they are sublimely oblivious—birds.


taking a break

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

Sunday, May 17th

More of The Consolers (Sullivan & Iola Pugh).

Live (TV Gospel Time), early 1960s




art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, c. 1938


Today Helen Levitt enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; poets John Berryman, William Bronk and Wislawa Szymborska; and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.

Saturday, May 16th

There are a handful of pianists whose every note I’m hungry to hear—he’s one.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), recording, 1950




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958


Friday, May 15th


B.B. King, singer, guitarist, September 16, 1925-May 14, 2015

“The Thrill Is Gone” (R. Hawkins, R. Darnell), live

Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), 1974


Montreux Jazz Festival, 1993


Thursday, May 14th

Whether you live for 50 years, 500 years, or 5,000 years, it makes no difference: always there are new things to hear.

Dieter Ammann (1962-), Violation (1999); Lemanic Modern Ensemble (William Blank, cond.) with Karolina Öhman, cello; live, Russia (St. Petersburg), 2014



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The old pond—
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

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

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