met this musician
while out on a walk
just to make people feel better
music and compassion
flowed from him.
“the banjo is truly an american instrument,
and it captures something about our past.”
Ella Fitzgerald, born April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia.
this photo, by Annie Leibovitz, was one of Ella’s favorites.
happy birthday to Ella, the queen of jazz.
‘one chord is fine.
two chords are pushing it.
three chords and you’re into jazz.”
credits: photo-annie leibovitz, wemu radio
musician’s outdoor snowman promo –
‘playing guitars for your warmth’
tonight at the ann arbor distilling company
“music brings a warm glow to my vision,
thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.”
– haruki murakami , author – hard boiled wonderland and the end of the world
february, 2019 – ann arbor, michigan, use
i so enjoyed irish musician
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.