RIP Charlie Haden

“No one wants to be remembered most for what they did at 22.” But if at that tender age you get the chance to change musical history with the Ornette Coleman Band, take it. Charlie Haden, who died this week at 76, did. Here’s David A. Graham on one of jazz’s most deeply musical and melodic […]

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How Walking Creates Music

Austin Kleon, who’s been playing Erik Satie on the piano a lot lately, has a nice post on this rather eccentric composer. It leads with a bit about a favorite subject of mine, the creative power of walking He was, like, many of the greats, a walker: On most mornings after he moved to Arcueil, Satie would return to Paris […]

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“Just Give Me Som Funky Shit Footage”: Neil Young Plays A Glasgow Sidewalk

Neil Young – Old Laughing Lady (1976) by Julos77 This incredibly fantastic footage comes via the irreplaceable Open Culture: 1976, and Neil Young, greeted by filmmakers on arrival in Glasgow, takes them out on the street for some filmmaking — and then, with banjo, sits on the sidewalk by the train-station entrance to play “The […]

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