music clip of the day


Month: January, 2016

Sunday, January 31st

sounds of Chicago

Thompson Community Singers, “Christ Is the Answer,” TV show (Jubilee Showcase), 1960s



reading table

I stepped from Plank to Plank
A slow and cautious way
The Stars about my Head I felt
About my Feet the Sea –

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch –
This gave me that precarious Gait
Some call Experience –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #926 (Franklin)


I’m taking a break—back in a while.

Saturday, January 30th


What a joy to bump into this.

Charles Curtis (cello), live, West Hollywood, Calif., 2015



random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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Friday, January 29th

sounds of Japan

Frothiness is next to godliness.

Perfume, “Pick Me Up,” 2015

Thursday, January 28th

sounds of Jamaica

Burning Spear, live, Paris, 1988

Wednesday, January 27th

sounds of Mali

Tinariwen with Lalla Badi, “Tinde Final Tinariwen,” live, Paris, 2014

Tuesday, January 26th

sounds of New York

Nate Wooley (trumpet, electronics), For Kenneth Gaburo, live, New York, 2015



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Monday, January 25th

The last time I heard a trumpeter this quiet, this subtle, this interesting was . . . hmmm . . .

Ambrose Akinmusire (ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) Quintet,* live, Luxembourg (Dudelange), 2014


*AM, trumpet; Charles Atura, guitar; Sam Harris, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Justin Brown, drums.

Sunday, January 24th


Inez Andrews (1929-2012), James Cleveland (1931-1991), “I Appreciate,” live



reading table

Don’t you love the Oxford dictionary? When I first read it I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.

David Bowie (1947-2016)


random thoughts

Note to self: Incline, always, toward the light.

Saturday, January 23rd

today in Chicago

He’ll be performing, solo, at Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Ken Vandermark, baritone saxophone
Live, Portugal (Marvão Castle Cistern), 2010



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Friday, January 22nd

only rock ‘n’ roll

More of Tenement.

Live, Madison, Wis., 1/15/16



my back pages

On a cold, snowy night thirty-nine years ago, at a church outside Chicago, tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame) and pianist John Young performed at a wedding ceremony. Both are now gone. All of what they played that night – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (unaccompanied saxophone, as the bride walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after) – may be heard here (0:15-).

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