Flos Ut Rosa Floruit

A Notre Dame conductus from sometime around 1200. I’m worn out from writing admissions essays. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. This is haunting — only the most perfect consonances were treated as […]

Stevie Wonder – I Don’t Know Why, For Once In My Life

Wow — the difference in quality in writing and composition between these two songs is pretty staggering, but Stevie absolutely was learning as he went.  The return of Diana Ross in this one, for those who were wondering what was about to happen after that last clip a few days ago. If you can see […]

Orientation

I’m an introvert — I love people and I’m very social, but I feel like I need to recharge with some alone time after a period of social activity.  Extroverts are those people who can enjoy being alone, contemplating things, and getting a chance to have some time in their own heads, but afterwards, they […]

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour

The goodness just keeps coming.  Here’s more Stevie, live in his youth: If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. More tongue-clicking at 1:29!  And he looks like he’s sitting particularly low at the keyboard; […]

Benjamin Zander at TED

Required viewing: I cannot imagine a more captivating talk on music appreciation — he accomplishes so much in a very very short time period.

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Live at Montreaux in 2001.  A fantastic job by these guys, who also had a remarkable duet album. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe.

Tormentuous

This is such a delightful word I have caught myself using, and is particularly noteworthy in its conventionality of etymology.  It seems to me (and others) that its slow introduction to the English language is due to the Spanish word for “storm,” tormenta.  Slowly — possibly through the American/Mexican border, the word has begun to […]

Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. Stevie’s a bit of a diva here, but he’s also relatively young and probably excited as hell!  That head shaking vibrato isn’t a great habit though — […]

The Köln Concert

The Wall Street Journal on a Keith Jarrett album: It is the most successful solo jazz album of all time, but Keith Jarrett wants to see each of the 3.5 million copies of “The Köln Concert” stomped into the ground. (via Metafilter).

Come Back To Me

Here’s Sammy Davis Jr. being his bad self, with a truly kicking band behind him (and some very impressive soul girls!).  Sammy seems a bit ridiculous here, spinning around underneath an enormous cutout of himself, but these were ridiculous times, ladies and gentlemen.  His phrases are all timed so casually; it’s almost as though he […]