Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, and food, with music to read, share, and discuss.
Country music is somewhat stereotyped as being heavy on the heartbreak and hard times, but a year removed from a Las Vegas concert turning into the worst mass shooting in American history, there has been plenty of both, along with much soul-searching.
A legend that you might not have heard of, but all the legends you have heard of were influenced by him. Otis Rush, influential blues guitarist inspired a generation of some of blues and rocks biggest names, passed away after years of illness following a 2003 stroke.
There was an old Herman (by Jim Unger) cartoon that showed a mummy talking to a guy wearing stereotypical ancient Egyptian dress and the mummy was pointing, with arm outstretched, saying “none of those buildings used to be there”.
A beautiful song about (against) gentrification. And breaking up. And getting older. And memories fading.
A man for all four seasons.
A song that I’m sure we’ll be sick of before February.
But it ain’t February yet.
I can’t say for certain when the first time I ever heard an Aretha Franklin album was. Her music was simply always there, in the the same way that Ella’s music was always there. I was weaned on her music, and to it.
That instrumental song that you heard 19 years ago and didn’t know the name of.
Or that I did, anyway.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, food, and architecture.
Life, put to music.
It may not be Carnegie Hall in New York City, or Royal Albert Hall in London, or Konzerthaus in Berlin, but for that moment-on that night-it could well have been symphony night at the Vienna State Opera with Mahler himself holding the door and Strauss serving as usher.
Gone for a while, but now Bach at it.
In a genre as fiercely independent minded as Jazz can be, one of the few universally held truths is the greatness of John Coltrane. While his “A Love Supreme” is often discussed as the greatest of Jazz Albums, newly released material by Coltrane and his band from earlier in his career has emerged.
Songs That You Have No Idea What They Are Singing
There is of course a generation gap here; record stores being an alien concept to anyone born after big box retailers and the now dominance of digital and streaming. But in turning Record Store Day into a de-facto social event, old school shopping merges with the latest of social media trends. This development is not unlike how the record store used to be.
How To Make Breakfast In Bed
A partial setlist with autobiographical fragments.
And Lent is once again upon us.
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Contact your friends that you still think about all the time but haven’t talked to for a while.
The artistic black and white video thing
Albums that still hold up.
Haunted by some of the ghosts of 1992
Boom boom boom.
Boom boom boom boom.
A minor complaint about some music videos and a couple of songs
Find you someone who looks at you the way Jack White looks at Jimmy Page’s fingers.
Tom Petty has passed away at 66.
I figure Tom Petty has given us reason enough to have a music post a little bit early.
Country music loses another…
Benefits to the ubiquitous 3-chord song include: Mashups
I have been thinking about Album Covers
Specifically, the best ones.
Listening to music is not always easy.
Kesha’s “Woman” is a furiously hot track, but does it rise to the level of Bop?
An Assertion About Minimalist Covers
A somewhat disappointed review of the new Alt-J album.
David Weigel’s new book on the rise and fall of prog rock is an excellent journey into one of the weirdest eras of popular music.
Is it possible to make an album when everybody is totally tripping on acid?
As it turns out, it is.