We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself*


Image – Chris Hoving https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcrucifer/ Creative Commons licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/


I’m listening to Scarlatti a lot lately – and really, could it be any more like the spots on a blue butterfly’s wing?

*Louis Armstrong




i’ve been happy since you decided to go

That guy in the Miracles?  See that guy second from the left?  Is that Romesh Ranganathan in a former life or what?

Ah, I love Romesh.  The surliest, dourest, most hilarious swine on the face of the earth.

Oh, and of course all other music in the galaxy might perish and wither to dust, we still wouldn’t be too badly off as long as we had the recorded output of Smokey Robinson.

Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. […]

via It’s like a great oak that rises up from the center of the human race and spreads its branches everywhere — Live & Learn



The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans; many versions also urge a sibling to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by the British rock group the Animals, was a number […]

via The Animals- House Of The Rising Sun- — AMERICA ON COFFEE


Gnarled old blues rockers, in short pants.


The Los Angeles-based group originally comprised Henry Garner (drums), Terral “Terry” Santiel (congas), Lequeint “Duke” Jobe (bass), Michael Moore (saxophone), Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals), Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals), Freddie Dunn (trumpet), and Victor Nix (keyboards). The group began in the early 1970s, when members of several backup bands from the Watts and Inglewood […]

via “Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star” — AMERICA ON COFFEE


Beautiful melancholy.

For completions sake, here is the other version of Young Turks by Rod Stewart. This is the rooftop performance that, according to Wikipedia, was aired about one-third of the way through Dick Clark’s three-hour American Bandstand 30th Anniversary Special Episode on October 30th, 1981. You can see the part of the episode with the performance […]

via Music Video of the Day: Young Turks by Rod Stewart (1981, dir. ???) — Through the Shattered Lens

I like the Springsteen vibe of the lyrics.