Archive for the ‘Musical Interlude’ Category

Friday Music: “Happy” in Detroit

March 21st, 2014

OTEers know that I try to avoid viral music videos since you don’t need my help to stumble on them.  But I’m sorry–this one was just so darn cute, appealing, and musical that I had to post it.  It’s some kids from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences doing that recent hit song “Happy”… Read more

Musical Interlude: Don’t Let it Bring You Down

March 9th, 2014

From the can’t-get-this-haunting-melody-out-of-my-head department, here are two versions of Neil Young’s wonderfully dark “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” a song I first got attached to around 44 years ago.  I was attending boarding school back then, and for some reason I have a vivid memory of a nice, quiet kid named Greg constantly singing… Read more

Friday Musical Interludes

February 14th, 2014

Here’s a guy making some uniquely great music all by himself on just an upright bass, in front of an audience member who appears neither very interested nor impressed.  (HT: Doug Hartline, my old pal from grade school!) And also, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s the great Sassy herself, aka Sarah Vaughn, asking the… Read more

Musical Interlude: A Couple of Bounces with Billie

January 31st, 2014

There’s an old Charlie Parker blues ditty called Billie’s Bounce, and I’d like to share two exemplary versions of it. First, there’s this Max Roach quarter version, featuring George Coleman on sax.  Listen to the way Coleman weaves through a few choruses.  What’s particularly interesting here is that there’s no piano or guitar on the… Read more