In Defense of… Music

It’s dead, right? That’s the tone. “Music is dead wrong right now.” No. Never. Not, ever. Somewhere in the midst, art lingers, latent but everlasting. Immortality rests in the rhythm. No matter how broke, bullied, abandoned, starved, outcast, paralyzed, apparently descended… you can always muse. The language of the gods from the stars exudes. Those…

Fifteen Minute Transcription: Cheek to Cheek – Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett

Cheek to Cheek is an aural alloy of the most masterful. Elements converge in a record album of jazz standards and one-take suzies, tears and tempos, fine-tuned fibres of the greatest art form to emerge from this American soil… classical and contemporary pillars found a musical canon of the most necessary, that which maintains the…

Ms. Education – Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)

“We’re living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man Broke world and debauchery, old world brutality Cold world kills softly Whole world works savagely Greedy men and pride fiends program TV screens Quick-scam and drag queens Real life blast fiends Think twice this past dream

Five Takes on Dave (1920-2012)

Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012 For as long as I’ve been playing jazz, people have been trying to pigeonhole me … Frankly, labels bore me. Legendary beyond compare, brilliant beyond boundaries… five takes on the many shades of Brubeck “Blue Rondo a la Turk” – Time Out, 1959 Brubeck heard this unusual rhythm performed by Turkish musicians on…

Beautiful, Dirty, Wi-Fi: YouTube/MySpace Celebrity Playlist

The YouTube/MySpace Star of the 2000s: ringtone rappers, polyphonic popsters, internet indie rockers, and hard-driven hipsters… you basement dwelling vlogophiles are the most beautiful dirty richest of all. We do the dance right; we have got it made like ice cream topped with honey – but we got no money… You do the dance right…