Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Fred Wesley plays the trombone. It’s not a sexy instrument. So it’s not the type of instrument you typically see a band leader holding.  But it’s a wild instrument. An audacious instrument. A who-even-came-up-with-the-idea-for-this instrument.  Like a fretless bass meets a trumpet.  It can just do things other brass instruments can’t do.  Which means there … Continue reading Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Sunday Music: Sampha’s “Lahai” And Tiny Desk Concert

My wife and I were catching up on the last month (or three’s) of Tiny Desk Concerts last weekend. Sampha’s came on. He’s been on my radar a long time but apart from his guest spots with Kendrick and a few tracks off the last album, I haven’t caught the same bug that’s caught so … Continue reading Sunday Music: Sampha’s “Lahai” And Tiny Desk Concert

Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

There’s something about the gravitational pull of a vamp… The Mystery Lights do the Daptone thing. Deftly restrained, kind of soft without being quiet. Pulsing and funky.  “Goin’ Down” is about the resistance to getting pulled down.  The restraint of being restrained.  The looseness of the eventual loss.  It’s a collision of sounds, feelings, and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

Sunday Music: Can’t Mute MEUTE

The benefits of having family living in other countries include being introduced to things from other countries.  MEUTE - hailing from Germany - is like a marching band that plays electronic music. But not electronically, they do it acoustically, and they do it with the instrumentation of an actual marching band. You have to hear … Continue reading Sunday Music: Can’t Mute MEUTE

Sunday Music: Iggy Pop Making Punk From Country

Inspiration can come from anywhere. And a 3% change confers ownership (h/t Virgil Abloh). Iggy Pop will explain it to you now, as only he can -  It started as the first two chords. Like most Stooges songs, we were stoned on our smoke and jamming, and Ron came up with the two chords over … Continue reading Sunday Music: Iggy Pop Making Punk From Country

Sunday Music: Making Angel(s)

Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel” has had multiple lives.  This “making of” video snuck up on me. The demos are so cool to hear. Iteration is a magical part of the artistic process.  As 2023 comes to a close, I’m embracing the processes. Digging in. Unearthing, as part of the work, in stages. Happy to copy some … Continue reading Sunday Music: Making Angel(s)

Sunday Music: Sisters (White Christmas Edition)

I remember the Christmas my mom and her sister made the blue feathered fans from White Christmas and sang “Sisters.” How the uncles joked and did the drag version too.  Christmas is for family. For singing the old songs and watching the old movies. For remembering how the long dark slowly gets brighter and brighter … Continue reading Sunday Music: Sisters (White Christmas Edition)

Sunday Music: Alicia Keys Songs I Wish I wrote

At the 61st Grammys, Alicia Keys did a solo segment they called, “Songs I wish I Wrote.”  She did the Hazel Scott 2 pianos thing (and shouted it out). But not turned backwards or while spinning in circles. She did it in the Tori Amos feminist front-facing way, and I think both artists deserve that … Continue reading Sunday Music: Alicia Keys Songs I Wish I wrote