It’s always a pleasure to develop a fascination with a new composer – in this case, the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.

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Happy Birthday, Lightnin’

My favorite Lightnin’ Hopkins number:

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Something Else

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The Waltz of Sorrow

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RIP Tabu Ley Rochereau

Tabu Ley Rochereau, the king of Congolese jazz, has just died.

His music feels like a whole joyous world raining around you, with the swirling guitars lines, driving horns, dancing rhythms, and his sweet tenor. He’s one of those artists that I fell in love with the very first moment I heard him.

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Like a Rolling Stone

If you haven’t seen Bob Dylan’s new video, the first official video of “Like a Rolling Stone,” it’s definitely worth checking out. It is the rare occasion when channel-surfing improves the experience (make sure, that is, that you use the channel buttons on the side of the video).

There’s a humor to the thing, but it fills me with a kind of sadness.


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The Gettysburg Address

Sorry, this is one day late . . .

Do you know the strange little Western called Ruggles of Red Gap? Directed by Leo McCarey, it’s about an English lord who gambles away his butler to some nouveau riche Americans who bring him to Red Gap, Washington. A spiritual transformation of the servant ensues, and the best moment is the butler’s recitation of the Gettysburg Address.

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