Monthly Archives: September 2011

Teddy and Sharon

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Rainy Night in Georgia

One of the most beautiful soul songs. Having lived in Georgia, I have an especial fondness for it. But who can’t like a line like, “It’s a rainy night in Georgia/ Lord, I believe it’s raining all over the world”?

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In Praise of Piano Jazz

I just happened on this sweet little video about Marian McPartland, and it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to say something to mark the end of her thirty-some year tenure as the host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz.” I’ve been … Continue reading

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Caetano at Telluride

I just found out that Caetano Veloso was the Guest Director at the Telluride Film Festival this year. It’s well known that Caetano’s a film buff; for instance, he made an album called Omaggio a Federico e Giulietta for Fellini … Continue reading

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9/11/11 and the State of the Arts

I’ve seen several pieces lately on the question of art about 9/11. One theory is that it takes time to process things, and the great work about 9/11 is yet to come. The counter to that is Guernica was made … Continue reading

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One of Billy and Dad’s favorite faces of all time is the infinitely mischievous mug of Fats Waller. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is sometimes done as a melancholy number; but you have to be pretty thick to miss what the chorus means … Continue reading

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The Queen Bee

I really like the tune of “Queen Bee” by Taj Mahal. I like the groovy fingerpicking. You just want to dance to it! Also, it reminds me of a trailer I just saw called Queen of the Sun, a documentary … Continue reading

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