music clip of the day


Month: August, 2017

Thursday, August 17th

what’s new

Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg), 8/25/17




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Portrait Head of Martinique Woman with Kerchief, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Wednesday, August 16th

like nobody else

Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone, composition; MCOTD Hall of Fame) & Make a Move, live, Italy (Perugia), 1996




art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vase in the Form of Leda and the Swan, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Tuesday, August 15th


Glen Campbell, guitar player, singer, actor, TV host, April 22, 1936-August 8, 2017

“Wichita Lineman” (J. Webb), live (TV show), London, 2008



Alice Cooper, talking about his friend


Monday, August 14th

This piece, in over forty years of listening, has never—not once—let me down. And this performance, which I encountered last night, is among the strongest I’ve heard.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 5 in C minor for Unaccompanied Cello
Mischa Maisky, live, 1991




reading table

Unable are the Loved to die
For Love is Immortality,
Nay, it is Deity –

Unable they that love – to die
For Love reforms Vitality
Into Divinity.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 951 (Franklin)

Sunday, August 13th

sounds of Detroit

Pastor Marvin Winans (Perfecting Church, Detroit) and Perfecting Praise Choir, live, Toronto, 2011




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)


reading table

Always Mine!
No more Vacation!
Term of Light this Day begun!
Failless as the fair rotation
Of the Seasons and the Sun –

Old the Grace, but new the Subjects –
Old, indeed, the East,
Yet upon His Purple Programme
Every Dawn, is first.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 942 (Franklin)

Saturday, August 12th

sounds of Chicago

Pipe, “Play That Johnny Cash Song,” 2014


Friday, August 11th

voices I miss

Prince (1958-2016), live, Netherlands (Rotterdam), 2011


Thursday, August 10th

tonight in Chicago

He’s singing in Millenium Park.

Youssou N’Dour, “Lang,” live



And they’re playing at Elastic.

Daniel Levin (cello) & Tim Daisy (drums), live, Bloomington, Ind., 2015




reading table

The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting.

—Michael Kinsley, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide

Wednesday, August 9th


Barbara Cook, singer, October 25, 1927-August 8, 2017

Talking and singing (“In Buddy’s Eyes,” S. Sondheim), 1985


Tuesday, August 8th

keep on dancing

Offhand, I can’t think of a DJ set I’ve enjoyed more.

DJ Maseo (AKA Vincent Mason), London, 2017


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