Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Famous people sound off on the election

Joss Whedon got together a bunch of his friends and acquaintances to make this terrific video.  I'm hoping it will help get everyone, especially young folks, to come out and vote for Hillary.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some timeless Nina

I'm posting this from our place at Tahoe/Donner.  We got here a couple of days ago and will be staying through Sunday, going home on Monday morning.

The other day I was driving while listening in the shuffle mode to a large playlist I have on a flash drive.  It was a lovely end-of-summer day and what should come up but Nina Simone singing "He Needs Me," It really moved me in ways I can't adequately describe, but I guess "goose bumps" might come close.  Of course this track was from the best Nina album ever (and her first) "Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club," on the Bethlehem label.  This album is more commonly referred to as "Little Girl Blue."  Every single song on this album is a treasure, but hearing "He Needs Me" out of the blue was like finding a treasure all over again.  The track is a mere 2:30 long but manages to tell a rich story.  Check it out, from the original Bethlehem LP, right here.

P.S.  I remember the first time I heard this album.  I was 20 years old at the Spokane, Washington basement apartment of my friend Michael Lally who played it for me there.  I was enthralled.  So, Michael, if you are reading this thanks for the first of many, many times you have pulled my coat to better things in life.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Teachers deserve more

Why do we pay pro athletes millions when teachers are making barely enough to survive?  This issue gets some brilliant Key and Peele treatment right here.  Click on the "sketch" link in the first line of text.  I wish my dad was still alive to see this -- he would have loved it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I was going to write something "deep and meaningful" about a performance I stumbled across, but why bother?  If you are alive and love (or just appreciate) music, you have to be charmed and somewhat amazed by this performance.  You certainly have to admit, that you would have NEVER heard this if not for the Internet.  Enough said.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bobby Hutcherson R.I.P.

I saw Bobby many times and was never disappointed.  The cat was always on top of things, whether headlining on his own or as part of another headliner's group.  And then of course there is the fact that I am very partial to vibes as a jazz instrument.  I don't think Bobby would mind if I said that Milt Jackson remains my favorite vibe man (he died in 1999), 'cause Bobby pretty much said that same thing.  Here is something proving my point, from today's obit in the SF Chronicle:

"The way Milt played made me feel like I had money in my pocket," Mr. Hutcherson recalled in 2012. "It was so satisfying and warm and round.  I'd heard Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo before, but Milt really spoke to me.  He played those long lines, and it was very soulful, very talking-to-you.  I thought I could duplicate that.  It took me a long time to realize those are Milt's cookies, leave 'em alone."

But Bobby is no doubt my number two guy on the vibes.  Gonna miss him.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Dude, when you need him.

Always looking for that great online retort?  Well here it is.