music clip of the day


Month: February, 2016

Monday, February 29th


One of my favorite ballads.

“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke & I. Gershwin), Art Blakey (drums), John Gilmore (tenor saxophone), Lee Morgan (trumpet), John Hicks (piano), Victor Sproles (bass), live (TV show), London, 1964



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What I try to do is not miss anything.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon, on his goal at work each day

Sunday, February 28th

sounds of Chicago

Staple Singers, “More Than a Hammer and Nails,” live (Johnny Cash Show), 1971



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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

—Lao Tzu (c. 5th century B.C.)

Saturday, February 27th

sounds of Morocco

Mahmoud Guinia (1951-2015), gimbri (aka guembri, sintir), live, Morocco (Marrakesh), 2015



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Four negatives make a positive.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “The Pie District” (excerpt), Breezeway (2015)

Friday, February 26th

sounds of Ireland

“The Bucks of Oranmore,” “Come West Along the Road,” live, Dublin (The Ferryman Pub), St. Patrick’s Day, 2011



reading table

The narrative got punctured.


. . . picking up crumbs like there was no tomorrow, which
there isn’t.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Tall Order” (excerpts), Breezeway (2015)

Thursday, February 25th

keep on dancing

Ellie Goulding, “High For This” (Kygo [1991-] Remix)

This guy I’d never heard of until bumping into him in the New Yorker (2/29). On YouTube this remix has over 15,000,000 hits. Big fuckin’ world out there.

Wednesday, February 24th

tonight in (snowy) Chicago

They’ll be playing at Constellation.

Ches Smith (percussion), Mat Maneri (viola), Craig Taborn (piano), “Wacken Open Air,” live, Copenhagen, 1/19/16


“I Think”



random thoughts

Looking for pointers on patience? Here’s what MCOTD recommends: a bicycle accident and hip fracture. That will, I guarantee, change your whole outlook—pronto.

Sunday, February 21st

sounds of Chicago

Jessy Dixon (1938-2011) with the Chicago Community Choir, Shirley Bell, Betty Lester, Mary Shurn, live, Chicago



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Saturday, February 20th

old school

Re-Vells, Trent town Records (Trenton, N.J.), 1960s

“I Want a New Love”


“Do I Love You?”




art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1937


Friday, February 19th

Want to be swept away?

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893); New England Conservatory Student Quartet (Minchae Kim & Harry Chang, violins; Heejin Chang, viola; Hsiao-Hsuan Huang, cello), live, Boston, 2014

Thursday, February 18th

sounds of New York

Exquisite Corpse at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York, 2015



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

From Vincent van Gogh’s Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles, 1888 (Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, through May 10th)

Vincent van Gogh - Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, 1888

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