Category Archives: music

Mirror in the mirror

I don’t know how it’s possible that I never heard of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt until about three weeks ago. This is “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in a mirror.) It’s just about the most lovely thing you ever heard:

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Time for another mental health break

Just another excuse to watch the two guys dance at the 1:52 mark. Or watch Muddy dance with James Cotton at 7:01. And to once again marvel at the drumming of Francis Clay and gaze at the immortal Otis Spann … Continue reading

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Now it’s time for a mental health break

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Howlin’ Wolf: Evil is goin’ on

I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mainly because I have a life and a day-job. While working on a long, text-heavy thumbsucker of a post that you’ll see later, this evening likely, my thoughts turned to the … Continue reading

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Born this day: Joe Strummer

On Aug. 21, 1952, the day before your humble content provider came into the world, John Graham Mellor, better known as Joe Strummer, was born in Ankara, Turkey. And I still can’t believe he’s been dead for seven years.

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When the sun broke through the clouds this evening…

…Iqaluit felt like this:

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Just for fun…

My favourite number from one of my favourite movies: Gold Diggers of 1933.

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Born this day

I first heard the music of Eric Dolphy on a Charles Mingus album I bought when I was an awkward, troubled 16-year-old boy. I know. I’m aware of the redundancy embedded within the last sentence. All 16-year-old boys are awkward … Continue reading

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Koko Taylor: Requiescat in pace

You can’t defy the gods forever. Yesterday, Koko Taylor, 80, succumbed at last. (Update: a good  obituary of Koko Taylor in the New York Times.) And should you ever need an antidote for the simpering nothingness known as Celine Dion, … Continue reading

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