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.—S.R.V.
As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”
Wildlife conservationist Kyra Mills does wonderful paintings of her favorite subjects.
I love this man. A wonderful interview. I can’t wait until the ’67 Holland recordings are released in November.
… the rest ““It Takes a While to Perfect Your Soul.””
Rollins now lives alone in upstate New York, listening to sports (mostly baseball, as a recovering Mets fan) and news on
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”
Charlie Parker is 100 Years Old Today.
Ted Gioia has photos from Parker’s Kansas City legacy.
Here’s me reading Kerouac on Parker.
I discovered the link to this article on music historian Ted Gioia’s Twitter feed.
That’s My Home is the Louis Armstrong House Museum Virtual Exhibits site and is well worth your time.
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.
I read the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical novel and found it captivating. If you are looking for something with a unique approach to writing you might find it interesting.
After reading this New York Review article I’m … the rest “The Unbearable: Toward an Antifascist Aesthetic”
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”
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.
Being home by myself a lot, I’ve been watching (too much) TV on my computer. I gravitate toward the science-fiction shows pretty immediately when presented with all the choices.
Most of the shows I’ve been watching this last year have … the rest “Sweet Relief”
Freshly painted vegetables always taste better than store-bought.
Walt Whitman’s poetry frames scenes from 1920s New York in this film classic.
Billed as ‘a study of the modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson’, the short film Manhatta (1921) captures the rapidly developing cityscape of New York in the early 1920s. Made in … the rest “Manhatta (1921)”
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”—Stephen King
Thanks to Kyra Mills for sharing her beautiful artwork.
We all have talented people in our lives. I feel particularly lucky to know so many. Musicians, artists, poets, healers. All of them making my life richer by association.
Recently, a friend of mine began painting with watercolors and sharing … the rest “Color Joy”