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jazz.

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miles davis quartet, newport jazz festival, 1955

in honor of international jazz day

never stop taking those risks

and play on.

“risk is at the heart of jazz. every note we play is a risk.”

-steve lacy

 

 

image credit: vintage industrial jazz

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revelation.

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i so enjoyed irish musician

glen hansard

one of my absolute favorites

you may remember him from the indie film ‘once’

for his surprise academy award for best song that year

for his heartfelt, passionate, and powerful music

or perhaps not at all

but on this night

he told the stories behind each of his songs

invited detroit musicians up on stage with him

sang a traditional irish song with his entire crew

including the roadies

giving each a chance to shine

asked the audience to sing with him 

and graciously thanked all for being a part of this night

i’ve seen him with his band ‘the frames’

and with his partner as the ‘swell season’ duet

and this time

with a mix of irish, canadian, and american musicians

all playing as one

and i was amazed all over again. 

“music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”

-ludwig van beethoven

below is a live version of a song (fitzcaraldo)

that he performed in ireland with the frames,

definitely worth 6 minutes of your life.

hang in there until the end. 

skills.

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grandie creates his quilt

stitching fabrics of his choosing

that he’s learned to sew upon

this machine that he is using.

 his ukulele sits nearby

waiting for some play

as the sled stands outside

with hopes of snowy day.

“the class of your performance is built on the grade of your skills.”
― wesam fawzi

roots.

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summers in the late 60s

mc5

grateful dead

play free concerts in the park bandshell

late summer 2017

grandsons free play in the same park bandshell

“dig into the roots of culture, and it will grow.

it’s like a grass that is growing, and it cannot stop,

and music is like the fertilizer for that.”

-burning spear

west park, ann arbor, mi, usa

(2 more days and 2 more parks to go)

 

band image credits: ann arbor news archives

heard by the universe.

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(my glamour shot after returning from the salon and in full singing mode)

i love that my class

is unaware

that i am not a top notch singer

they are the best audience ever

very non-judgmental and accepting

as i belt out my tunes

and try to get them on board

i often improvise my own lyrics

when i only know part of them

or

think of something i’d like to add

many times accidentally

creating my own key

it’s all about the gusto

and not so much the skill.

“music in the soul can be heard by the universe. “

-lao tzu