Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Henry Purcell - The Plaint - Alfred Deller with Harmonia Mundi

Still listening to Alfred Deller and really enjoying it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alfred Deller and Desmond Dupré - Have You Seen But the White Lily

It's always nice to discover a talent with which I was unfamiliar. Alfred Deller, here accompanied by his frequent collaborator Desmond Dupré on lute, was apparently the godfather of the countertenor revival a few decades back. His most important asset, while difficult to describe, is basically the same as the one possessed by Frank Sinatra: he sings the song, not the notes. There is a great deal of craft and skill on display here, but it is put at the service of emotion.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ringo Starr - Easy For Me

Mr Starkey sings a song written by his good friend Harry Nilsson.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Charlie Haden - Wayfaring Stranger

After Charlie Haden's recent death NPR's Fresh Air aired a sort of "best of" of his appearances there over the years. Part of this recording was played. This is Haden's only recorded vocal, in a voice rendered weak by childhood polio, singing a song he learned from his mother. We make jokes about "Love" and "Death," but really, what else is there?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Johnny Winter - Highway 61 Revisited

Haven't honored Mr W's passing yet. Here he reconfigures a Bob Dylan song on his second album.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Josh Marshall on the Consequences for Russia of the Malaysian Airlines Shootdown

This makes sense.

Find extremists and hot-heads of the lowest common denominator variety, seed them with weaponry only a few militaries in the world possess - and, well, just see what happens. What could go wrong?

The audio tapes posted by The New York Times might as well be from some future Russia-based version of Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show, a comical rendering of rustics and morons stumbling into an event of vast carnage and international consequence mainly because they're hotheads and idiots - the kind of people no one in their right minds would give world class weaponry to. It's like finding some white supremacist/militia types on their little compound in the inter-Mountain west and giving them world class missile launchers and heavy armaments.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Four Tops - It´s the Same Old Song

Classic Motown from the Holland-Dozier-Holland era, with James Jamerson pumping the bass. The "sentimental fool" phrase was used years later by Michael McDonald, a huge Motown fan, in the song "What a Fool Believes."