music clip of the day


Month: November, 2016

Sunday, November 27th

back to church

Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church Choir (feat. Donishisa Ballard), “Stretch Out,” live, Chicago, 2010



random thoughts

The four most important words in the English language: How can I help?

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Saturday, November 26th

sounds of Christchurch*

Roy Montgomery, “Five Bears,” 2016



reading table

The way “The Tennessee Waltz”
is about having heard

“The Tennessee Waltz”

an almost floral

is what we call

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), “Overhearing,” fragment (Veil: New and Selected Poems)


the beat goes on

2,500 posts—and counting.

*New Zealand.

Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011



reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16


*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, November 24th

Happy Thanksgiving!

What am I thankful for?

That I live in a world of sound.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonata in B-flat major, 2nd movt.; Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), live, Princeton, N.J., 1993


Wednesday, November 23rd

sounds of Glasgow

Richard Youngs, “Back from a World Changing,” 2016




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Sally Mann (1951-), Deep South, 1998


Tuesday, November 22nd

sounds of Chicago

Here’s one of my favorite drummers, leading his own band, playing his own compositions.

Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights, live, Germany (Dortmund), 2015*



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Untitled (Hôtel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957



*MZ, drums, compositions; Dave Rempis, saxophones; Emil Strandberg, trumpet; John Dikeman, saxophones; Kent Kessler, bass.

Monday, November 21st


Sharon Jones, singer, May 4, 1956-November 18, 2016

With the Dap-Kings, live, Seattle, 2016



random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.


Sunday, November 20th


Leon Russell, singer, songwriter, piano player, April 2, 1942-November 13, 2016

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” (C. Martin, C. Gabriel), 2013*


*Recorded in tribute to Sherman Halsey (video director and producer, artist manager).

Saturday, November 19th


Mose Allison, singer, songwriter, piano player, November 11, 1927-November 15, 2016

Talking, singing, playing (Mississippi Blues Commission, 2015)



Pete Townsend, Georgie Fame, Elvis Costello talking about “Parchman Farm”


“Parchman Farm” (M. Allison), 1957


NEA Jazz Masters Tribute, 2013


Friday, November 18th

only rock ‘n’ roll

La Luz, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2014




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Descending Geese, c. 1830


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