music clip of the day


Category: harp

Wednesday, February 24th


Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (1915); Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Yulia Deyneka (viola), Aline Khouri (harp), live, Berlin, 2018




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, August 17th


Philip Glass (1937-), “Metamorphosis Two”; Lavinia Meijer, harp, 2013




random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, April 22nd

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton ZIM Sextet (AB, 1945-, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone; Ingrid Laubrock, reeds; Tomeka Reid, cello; Shelley Burgon, harp; Jacqueline Kerrod, harp; Dan Peck, tuba), live, Germany (Moers), 2017


Monday, May 15th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Dream in White on White (1992); Virtuoso String Orchestra (Joaquin Valdepeñas, cond.) with Sanya Eng (harp), live, Toronto, 2014




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bush warbler on plum branch, 1840s

Friday, April 7th

This, I just found, has more than 21 million views. (Where have I been?)

Florence and the Machine, “Cosmic Love”
Live (studio performance), Seattle, 2010



reading table

I had been happy, happy enough, but now I often found myself uttering a spontaneous prayer that went, simply: She is here, still here.

—George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

Tuesday, December 22nd

The only thing hard about listening to this is letting go of everything else.

John Luther Adams (1953-), Dream in White on White (1992); Virtuoso String Orchestra (Joaquin Valdepenas, cond.), Sanya Eng (harp), live, Toronto, 2014



reading table

Barn’s burnt down—
I can see the moon.

—Mizuta Masahide, 1657-1723 (translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto)

Friday, December 11th

what’s new

Joanna Newsom, “Leaving the City,” live (TV show), 12/8/15

Friday, November 27th

sounds of Chicago

Some things last. Nearly forty years ago, I co-produced this track, while working at Alligator Records. It remains one of my favorites. The hour was late. The lights had been turned down. But the tape kept rolling.

Carey Bell’s Blues Harp Band, “Woman In Trouble”
Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1, 1978


Here’s more of Carey, years later (2000, Switzerland [Bern]).



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Wednesday, September 9th


When this came on the radio the other day (WKCR, Columbia University), background became foreground.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003), Differences (1959)

Saturday, June 20th

sounds of Chicago

Here, set to music, is a poem by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967).

Katie Ernst, “Bric-a-Brac” (music by K. Ernst), live (studio performance), Chicago, 2015


Little things that no one needs—
Little things to joke about—
Little landscapes, done in beads.
Little morals, woven out,
Little wreaths of gilded grass,
Little brigs of whittled oak
Bottled painfully in glass;
These are made by lonely folk.

Lonely folk have lines of days
Long and faltering and thin;
Therefore—little wax bouquets,
Prayers cut upon a pin,
Little maps of pinkish lands,
Little charts of curly seas,
Little plats of linen strands,
Little verses, such as these.



random sights and sounds

Last night, while riding my bike in Chicago’s Columbus Park, I bumped into this—a performance by Isabelle Olivier (harp), Larry Gray (bass), and Paul Wertico (drums).

And, too, this great blue heron.

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