music clip of the day


Month: December, 2015

Monday, December 21st

Why start the new week with the same old stuff?

Julia Wolfe (1958-), Believing (2001); Bang on a Can All-Stars, live, South Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival), 2014



art beat

Regular readers may recognize this drawing, which was posted last year. The artist is a client of mine, Walter Unbehaun, a seventy-something bank robber whose story is told in the January issue of GQ magazine (Kathy Dobie, “The Curious Case of the Homesick Bank Robber”). This drawing makes an appearance:

[H]e’d created a strong bond with his lawyer. He considered ‘Rich’ a friend, giving him two finely wrought pencil sketchings. One was of an ancient and deeply wrinkled Peruvian woman, the other of a plump African woman wearing glasses.

Walter Unbehaun, African Preacher (Kankakee County Jail, 2014)


Sunday, December 20th

 old school

Mighty Clouds of Joy, “I’m Glad About It,” live, Houston, 1967



musical thoughts

Sometimes I have good nights, and sometimes I have bad nights. One never knows.

—tenor saxophonist, and MCOTD Hall of Famer, Von Freeman (1923-2012)

Saturday, December 20th


Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-), Hommage a Steve Reich (1982)
Hans Ludemann (piano), live, Germany (Cologne), 2012

Each time I listen to this, it sounds different.

Friday, December 18th

lucid, adj. translucent, pellucid, clear. E.g., Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
Ensemble Intercontemporain with Synergy Vocals, live, Paris, 2014



reading table

the door latch
rusting scarlet . . .
winter rain

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


random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Thursday, December 17th


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Art of Fugue (excerpts)
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano

Wednesday, December 16th

sweet soul music

D’Angelo & The Vanguard, “Ain’t That Easy”
Live, Netherlands (Rotterdam), 2015



musical thoughts

Like music, baseball is the universal language.

Joe Torre

Tuesday, December 15th

Has anyone played Bach—or anything else—more searchingly?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 4 in D major
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano







reading table

Musicians wrestle everywhere –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)

Monday, December 14th

This I turned to late yesterday afternoon, amidst darkness and rain and news of a neighbor’s terminal illness. I’ve been living with this piece for forty-some years, and it has never let me down—never failed, whatever the circumstances, to make life seem lighter, brighter, more porous, more spacious. Never.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello; Mischa Maisky, cello

Sunday, December 13th

Hearing this voice, from a gone world, gives me goosebumps.

Vera Hall, “Death Is Awful,” live, Livingston, Ala., 1939



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Saturday, December 12th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Heather, live, Chicago, 2015



art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Interchanged, 1955


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