Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


the wisdom of bill withers

July 19, 2012

“One of the things I always tell my kids is that it’s OK to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful, you’re gonna have to pass through all right. When you get to all right, take a good look around and get used to it, because that may be as far as you’re gonna go.”

Last night Rachel and I watched Still Bill, a documentary about soul legend Bill Withers. Here’s an NPR review. Where is Withers today, decades after songs like “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” turned him into an icon? The film captures Withers at home with his family or visiting old friends, often deflecting questions about a return to the music business. Withers comes off as an empathetic 70+ year old man, who clearly loves the people around him, and who still brims with the sort of wisdom that once defined his songwriting. To me, the bit above says it all.



June 16, 2012

We don’t get out much, but last night Rachel and I caught a truly inspiring live show – hip hop artist Oddisee at DC’s Black Cat. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Weight

January 19, 2012

Wilco, Nick Lowe, and Mavis Staples backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Thanks to Rachel for pointing this out…so cool!



August 29, 2011

New Orleans guitar legend Snooks Eaglin

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July 23, 2011

Q-Tip is my title.

I don’t think that is vital for me to be your idol,

but dig this recital.

If you can’t envision a brother who ain’t dissin

Slingin’ this and that, ’cause this and that was missin.

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Findlay Market

June 7, 2011

Cincinnati, OH


Thelonious Monk

May 16, 2011

Thelonious Monk, Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947.