music clip of the day


Monday, July 17th

sounds of Ireland

Sean Leahy (guitar) & Jeremy Spencer (violin), live, Ireland

“Darley’s” / “Bógan Nua,” 2014



O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Dingle, 2013




random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Sunday, July 16th

I want you all to know I’m not going to stop singing when I die.

—Robert Blair (1930-2001)

Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, “Sing with the Angels”
Live, Rocky Mount, N.C.


Saturday, July 1st

Taking a break—back in a while.


random sights

today, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Friday, June 30th

voices I miss

This sounds as fresh, and timely, as it did in 1971.

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” (M. Gaye, J. Nyx; What’s Going On, 1971)


Thursday, June 29th


Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017

With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011



With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988


Wednesday, June 28th

sounds of Tunisia (and all over)

Dhafer Youssef (composer, singer, oud player), documentary about making Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016)


(Thanks for the tip to John Balmes.)

Tuesday, June 27th

Do you listen to contemporary rap and R&B?

I do. I like Anderson .Paak, that’s for sure! That “Come Down” piece.

Roscoe Mitchell (featured yesterday), New York Times, 6/23/17

Anderson .Paak, “Come Down,” 2016



Another take.


Monday, June 26th

what’s new

Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Sunday, June 25th

two takes

“Jesus Will Fix It”

Lee Williams, live



Al Green, live, Tokyo, 1987


Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995




reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

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