music clip of the day


Month: January, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st

Sunday night, in Chicago, I heard these folks perform at Constellation. Afterward, as I walked out the door, the night air seemed clearer, lighter, as if it had just been washed.

Wet Ink Ensemble, Pendulum VII (Alex Mincek), live, New York, 2013




art beat: other day, High Line (New York)

Tony Matelli (1971-), Sleepwalker, 2014


Monday, January 30th

two takes

Phil Ochs (1940-1976), “The War Is Over”

Lady Gaga, live, 2016


Phil Ochs, live, 1960s



reading table

Our credo must be the exposure of the plunderers, the steerers, the wirepullers, the bosses, the brokers, the campaign givers and takers . . . So I say: Stew, percolate, pester, track, burrow, besiege, confront, damage, level, care.

journalist Wayne Barrett, 1945-2017 (on his prayer card)

Sunday, January 29th

back to church

No wonder the place is packed.

St. James Adult Choir , “O Give Thanks,” live, St. James Baptist Church, Detroit



random sights

other day, Chicago



Saturday, January 28th

tonight in Chicago

She’ll be at Stony Island Arts Bank.

Sarah Davachi (1987-), “As the Morning,” 2014


art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Untitled #5, 1998



Friday, January 27th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Konono No. 1, live, London, 2015



art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Small Pleasures, 1913



*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, January 26th

What we need—now more than ever.

Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
What is this madness that Nixon has put upon us?
Clickety Clack! Clickety Clack!
Won’t someone bring the spirit back?

—Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), 1973

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bright Moments, recorded live (San Francisco), 1973*


*Track list (courtesy of YouTube):
A1. Introduction
2. Pedal Up
3. You’ll Never Get To Heaven
4. Clickety Clack
5. Prelude To A Kiss
6. Talk (Electric Nose)
7. Fly Town Nose Blues
B1. Talk (Bright Moments)
2. Bright Moments Song
3. Dem Red Beans And Rice
4. If I Loved You
5. Talk (Fats Waller)
6. Jitterbug Waltz
7. Second Line Jump

Tuesday, January 25th

This I could listen to all day.

Jürg Frey (1953-), Sam Lazaro Bros (1984); Dante Boon, piano



musical thoughts

As with breaths, so too with sounds: one after another—each new.


art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Tableau No. 2/Composition No. VII, 1913



Tuesday, January 24th

In a world so noisy what’s more precious than sounds so quiet?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and string quartet (1985), Sed Contra Ensemble, live (performance begins at 4:11), Ukraine (Lviv), 2016



art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), A Woman in the Sun, 1961


Monday, January 23rd

three takes

Mica Levi, “Love” (soundtrack, Under the Skin)

Oliver Coates (cello and electronics), live, London, 2014


Stargaze, live, Netherlands (The Hague), 2016


Recording, 2014


Sunday, January 22nd

back to church

Post-inaugural blues?

Try this.

First Church of Deliverance Choir, “Afterwhile It’ll All Be Over,” live, Chicago



random sights

other day, New York (High Line)



my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty years ago, at a church outside Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame) and pianist John Young, both now gone, performed at the ceremony. 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)—can be heard here (0:15-).

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