Posts with tag: music/art/film/design

As the ice builds up on my windows this morning, I’m enjoying this beautiful recording. A gem you may have missed.

Butterflies. Kyra Mills, 2020, watercolor.

This site would be a whole lot bleaker/blander without the colorful paintings my friend Kyra Mills occasionally shares with me.

Here in the Midwest, our memory of Summery things can fade quickly, so dose yourself up with some butterflies!

You can see more of Kyra’s paintings if you scroll through the posts on this page.


A Yorkshire Lane in November, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1873

I See You.

Tiger. Kyra Mills, 2020, watercolor.

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

Just. Wow.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year |  

Photo by Sergey Gorshkov – Adult Grand Title Winner 2020

These photos are beautiful and ugly, inspiring and heartbreaking. We should be grateful for the skill and dedication of these photographers.

Let’s not give up on this amazing planet. Whatever changes it takes, let’s make them.

Here’s some rare video footage of Art Tatum. When you watch it, you realize it’s a real shame there isn’t more.

Today is the birthday of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it … that’s technical talk.


As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”


Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.
Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.

Wildlife conservationist Kyra Mills does wonderful paintings of her favorite subjects.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Everything about this performance is just astounding. From the train station venue to Tharpe’s prescient playing at the dawn of Rock and Roll.

Jaw dropping performance. Listen to this and then listen to everything else YouTube has of her. You … the rest “Sister Rosetta Tharpe”

Bill Evans would have been 91 today.

I have a lot of gratitude for all the beauty and healing this man has provided me over the course of my life.

Here he is with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian.

Laid All the Way Back

Louis Bellson, Zoot Sims, Harry “Sweets” Edison (?), Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.

Today I was able to track down electronic versions of some recordings that have been sitting on my shelf trapped on vinyl for years. After all this time, what a joy to listen to these albums I first heard back … the rest “Laid All the Way Back”

Otter in watercolor by Kyra Mills
Turning the otter cheek.

A talented friend sent this image on my birthday. I think it’s otterly beautiful.

When you turn sixty, the dad-jokes shift to otter nonsense.