music clip of the day


Month: November, 2017

Thursday, November 30th


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations, Aria
Peter Serkin, live, Japan (Hiroshima), 8/5/17


Wednesday, November 29th

what’s new

Brian Eno with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), “Only Once Away My Son,” 11/6/17




reading table

It is like the story of the Chinese Zen Master Dongshan, who was asked, “Is there joy in your practice?” He replied, “It is not without joy. It’s like sweeping shit into a pile and then picking up a precious jewel from within it.”

—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, “Simple Joy”

Tuesday, November 28th

what’s new

Björk, “Blissing Me,” 11/16/17




reading table

Mortality is fatal
Gentility is fine
Rascality, heroic
Insolvency, sublime

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 2 (Franklin), excerpt

Monday, November 27th

what’s new

Talib Kweli, “Traveling Light” (feat. Anderson .Paak), 11/17/17


Sunday, November 26th

sounds of Detroit

DJ Tony Peoples, Detroit gospel house mix (“souls on fire,” “thankful praise,” “thank you lord,” “king of kings,” “high priest”)




random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, November 25th


Warren “Pete” Moore, singer (The Miracles, bass), songwriter, vocal arranger, producer, November 19, 1937-November 19, 2017

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (WPM, far left)

“Tracks of My Tears”  (S. Robinson, P. Moore, M. Tarplin), 1965



“Ooo Baby Baby” (S. Robinson, P. Moore), 1965



Jon Hendricks, singer, songwriter, September 16, 1921-November 22, 2017

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (JH scats first), “Airegin” (S. Rollins), live, Newport, R.I., 1960



Tommy Keene, singer, songwriter, guitarist, June 30, 1958-November 22, 2017

Live, New York, 1986


Friday, November 24th

trumpet festival
day four

Miles Davis (with Bob Berg, saxophones; John Scofield, guitar; Robert Irving III, keyboards; Darryl Jones, bass; Al Foster, drums; Steve Thornton, percussion), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1984


Thursday, November 23rd

trumpet festival
day three

Lester Bowie (1941-1999), trumpeter—and so much more*

Lester Bowie Brass & Steel Band, live, Italy (Umbria), 1996




reading table

Together, We All Go out under the Cypress Trees in the Chou Family Burial Grounds by T’ao Ch’ien (AKA T’ao Yuan-Ming), 365-427 A.D. (translated from Chinese by David Hinton)

Today’s skies are perfect for a clear
flute and singing koto. And touched

this deeply by those laid under these
cypress trees, how could we neglect joy?

Clear songs drift away anew. Emerald wine
starts pious faces smiling. Not knowing

what tomorrow brings, it’s exquisite
exhausting whatever I feel here and now.


Happy Thanksgiving!

This holiday, recovering from pneumonia, I’m more thankful than ever for family, for art, for poetry and, yes, for music.


*Lester is a member of the MCOTD Hall of fame, along with saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; drummer Hamid Drake; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

Wednesday, November 22nd

trumpet festival
day two

Peter Evans (trumpet) & Cory Smythe (piano), International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014








Tuesday, November 21st

trumpet festival
day one

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, Toronto, 5/6/17

“theme 1,” “. . . meanwhile,” “theme 2”



“theme nothing”


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