music clip of the day


Category: movies

Sunday, December 9th

can’t wait

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack, director; filmed, 1972; scheduled theatrical release, 2019), trailer




reading table

It is true that the unknown is the largest need of the intellect, though for it, no one thinks to thank God.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Letter to Cousins Louisa (aka Louise) and Frances Norcross, 1876

Friday, November 9th


Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers, “Jumpin’ Jive” (Stormy Weather, 1943)




art beat

other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Altar for Raquel M. Ontiveros by Victoria Tapia, Monica Cisneros, and Estella Cruz (Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, through December 9th)


Wednesday, March 28th

“The Past” (composition for film, accordion, soprano saxophone/electronics), Molly Jones (composition, soprano saxophone, electronics), Borey Shinn (accordion), Irvine, Calif., 2016



musical thoughts

In the future multimedia performances will be so common that the term “multimedia” will fall out of use.


random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 4th

like nobody else

Ran Blake (1935-), Above the Sadness, trailer


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


Thursday, October 13th

voices I miss

Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Footprints” (W. Shorter), live, Minneapolis, 1996 (Live at the Dakota);* Dead of Summer (Jean Seberg), 1970



reading table

Autumn weighs upon me
but tomorrow will come
and I will miss tonight

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento


*With Bobby Peterson, piano; Terry Burns, bass; Phil Hey, drums.

Tuesday, June 23rd

Imaginary Landscapes: A Film on Brian Eno (1989)




musical thoughts

I wanted to make a kind of music that had the long now and the big here.

—Brian Eno

Tuesday, May 5th

sounds of Cambodia

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, 2014

Monday, March 9th

Need a jolt?

Ballet mecanique (1924) by Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphy (cinematography by Man Ray), with original score by George Anthiel (1900-1959), as performed in 1989 by the New Palais Royale Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble (Maurice Peress, cond.)

This I bumped into Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago, where it’s playing, continuously, in the exhibit Shatter Rupture Break, which runs through May 3rd.

Tuesday, December 23rd

Here are two more takes on the song we heard Sunday (“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”)—both from Hollywood.

Robert Mitchum with Lillian Gish, The Night of the Hunter, 1955


Van Johnson, et al.,  A Human Comedy, 1943



art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage, c. 1885


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