music clip of the day


Month: December, 2017

Tuesday, December 12th

sounds of New York

Daniel Levin (cello) and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), live, New York, 2015


Monday, December 11th


Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar (with Zakir Hussain [1951-; tabla], et al.), Raag Shyam Kedar, Raag Pilu, live, San Francisco, 1985


Sunday, December 10th


The Pure Heart Travelers, “I Like to Talk About Jesus,” live, Detroit, 7/12/17




reading table: variations on a theme

History is approaching a speechless end,
As Henry Adams said. Adams was right.

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The Moon and the Night and the Men,” excerpt


Never has human extinction seemed so richly merited . . .

—A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12/10/17

Saturday, December 9th

sounds of India

That Which Colors the Mind (documentary on sitarist Nikhil Banerjee, 1931-1986; work in progress), excerpt


Friday, December 8th


Moses Sumney, live, Washington, D.C., 11/29/17




reading table

Nature is a Haunted House – but Art – a House that tries to be haunted.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), letter (459A, Thomas H. Johnson, ed.)

Thursday, December 7th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor, excerpt (Sarabande); Hilary Hahn, violin


Wednesday, December 6th

Think you’ve heard it all?

How about a septet with six string players and a drummer?

Tomeka Reid Septet,* “Tokens” (T. Reid), New York, 2017


*TR, cello, composition; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Mazz Swift, violin; Sarah Bernstein, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, viola; Adam Hopkins, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, percussion.

Tuesday, December 5th


Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Tokyo, 1985




art beat: other day, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago)

Howard Finster, 1916-2001

Monday, December 4th


Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Montreal, 1985




reading table

“Living here is like a joke without a punch line.”

—Bulgarian bar owner, quoted in New York Times Book Review, 12/3/17, review of Border: Journey to the Edge of Europe

Sunday, December 3rd

sounds of Detroit

The Pure Heart Travelers, “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” (T. Dorsey), live, Detroit, 7/12/17




random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

%d bloggers like this: