Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Did you know Wynton Marsalis’ Harvard lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View” is on YouTube? I didn't. Get some music. Get some philosophy. Get some of that Marsalis magic in your soul.  I was lucky enough to see him give a masterclass circa 2004. Now, I’ve seen my share of music masterclasses and most of them … Continue reading Sunday Music: Jazz At Harvard with Wynton Marsalis

Button Up Your Overcoat (Thanksgiving Music From Grandma)

Thanksgiving was my Grandmother's holiday. Every year, for about half of my life, we’d congregate around the kitchen table in Williamsport, PA. It’s one of the places I learned the loving craziness of family. It’s one of the places I can directly trace the roots of my sense of humor came from. It’s one of … Continue reading Button Up Your Overcoat (Thanksgiving Music From Grandma)

Sunday Music: Grapefruit Moon

grapefruit moon over CT

It’s good to have a reason to stop and stare at the sky. The moon has been putting in some serious work this week (at least over me in New England). “Harvest Moon” would be the obvious song to sing, but I’ve been subjecting my dogs on our evening walks to renditions of “Grapefruit Moon” … Continue reading Sunday Music: Grapefruit Moon

Sunday Music: Ain’t It The Truth

Catalyst, "The Funkiest Band You Never Heard" album title

When you’re a PA kid and a bunch of home-state legends drop an album together - you pay attention. Way back in 2001, The Philadelphia Experiment dropped their one and only record. I just heard Christian McBride talk about it with Cory Wong and I had to throw it on for old time's sake. It's … Continue reading Sunday Music: Ain’t It The Truth

Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right

How we talk to ourselves, how we think of our purpose, why we think we do or do not belong - these are the heavy, weighty, and extraordinarily beautiful concepts Soul wrestles with. I don’t care if you don’t have little kids in your life. I don’t care if you’re “too old for cartoons.” I … Continue reading Sunday Music: Cause You’ve Got Soul, And Everybody Knows, And It’s All Right

Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

There’s a sensitivity in the drawl of Valerie June’s voice that’s mesmerizing to me. Lots of people have unique voices, but few of them have the mastery over their instrument that she does. June’s got an ability to pull tones, sounds, and emotions out of songs that are unique to her. She’s got a new … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

Sunday Music: Maybe We Ought To Think Twice

J Dilla’s classic, Welcome 2 Detroit, turns 20 this week. The reissue pulls out all of the stops with instrumentals, remixes, and even a book. The original songs are still well worth a revisit. Sure, there’s some dated sounding stuff, but this album is so full of vibe it still can melt a room. His … Continue reading Sunday Music: Maybe We Ought To Think Twice