music clip of the day

jazz/blues/rock/classical/gospel/more

Tag: Samuel Beckett

Saturday, June 23rd

what’s new

Various DJs (Muqata’a, Sama’, et al.), live, Palestine (Ramallah), 6/22/18

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

[W]e may reason on to our heart’s content, the fog won’t lift.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “The Expelled”

Wednesday, September 27th

what’s new

Björk, “The Gate,” 9/20/17

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

Said is missaid.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “Worstword Ho” (1983)

Monday, September 25th

Ever heard this instrument before? (Me neither.)

Kazue Sawai (1941-), bass koto, live, Tokyo, 2009

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “Worstword Ho” (1983)

Monday, March 4th

alone

John Cage, Solo for flute, from Concert for Piano (1958); Eric Lamb, flute (International Contemporary Ensemble); Chicago, 2012


**********

lagniappe

musical thoughts

Music is theater for the ear. Take this performance. The phrasing, the interplay between sound and silence—this unfolds like something by Samuel Beckett.

*****

taking a(nother) break

Back in a while.

Sunday, 4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

More? Here. And here. And here. And here.

**********

lagniappe

random thoughts: Marcel Proust (or is it Samuel Beckett?) on Opening Day

You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.

Actually, it’s Joe DiMaggio. But for Joltin’ Joe, like Marvelous Marcel and Slammin’ Sammy, life consists largely of “look[ing] forward” to things, “wonderful” things—things that seldom, if ever, actually “happen.” Just ask the Cubs: going into the eighth inning of Thursday’s opener, they were winning 1-0; they lost 2-1.

Monday, 2/20/12

My political platform?

Dancing in the White House every day.

Savion Glover and his NYOTs (Not Your Ordinary Tappers: Omar Edwards, Abron Glover, Jason Samuels, Ayodele Casel), White House, 1998

**********

lagniappe

musical thoughts

[D]ance first and think afterwards . . . . It’s the natural order.

—Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1953, 1955 [English language premiere])

(Quote originally posted 1/1/11.)

Monday, 12/26/11

This week we revisit a few favorites from the past year.

*****

[D]ance first and think afterwards . . . . It’s the natural order.

—Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1953, 1955 [English-language premiere])

Al Minns & Leon James, New York (Savoy Ballroom, Harlem), 1950s

Vodpod videos no longer available.

**********

lagniappe

art beat

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1940

(Originally posted 1/11/11.)

Saturday, 4/2/11

favorites
(an occasional series)

Here—with a shout-out to my brother Don, with whom (at the age of 15) I saw the MC5  in Chicago’s Lincoln Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention (when nobody outside the Detroit/Ann Arbor area [including us] knew who they were)—is an awfully good cover, from what might seem an unlikely source, of one of their “greatest hits.”

Jeff Buckley, “Kick Out The Jams,” live, Chicago, 1995

And here, courtesy, apparently, of the Department of Defense, is (silent) footage of the scene in Lincoln Park on August 25, 1968—the day the MC5 (who appear here fleetingly) played.

(Originally posted 9/7/09.)

**********

lagniappe

on the road

Last night, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I’ve been since Sunday, I heard a concert, on the Harvard campus, of contemporary music featuring two different groups (Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and Ensemble SurPlus) and works by six different composers, including Morton Feldman and John Luther Adams (who was present). Virtually every time I hear live music—last night was no exception—I leave thinking that I really need to do this more often. I love recordings, but live music breathes.

*****

Tonight, in Boston, I’ll be in the front row for this production of Merchant of Venice. Tomorrow I’m seeing a series of short works by Samuel Beckett, directed by the legendary Peter Brook. So that’s three straight days of live music. (What’s theater, after all, if not musical speech?)

Vodpod videos no longer available. 

Tuesday, 1/11/11

[D]ance first and think afterwards . . . . It’s the natural order.

—Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (English-language premiere, 1955)

Al Minns & Leon James, New York (Savoy Ballroom, Harlem), 1950s

Vodpod videos no longer available.

**********

lagniappe

art beat

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1940

%d bloggers like this: