As I like to say, let’s collect facts:
–One of my great friends from my youth is the classical guitarist Ben Verdery, though he’s really stylistically hard to pin down, as he is known to crush a Jimi Hendrix tune on occasion. This is particularly satisfying for me, because we discovered Jimi together when we were wee ones.
–The music of Bach is what you want to listen to when you have serious doubts about the capacity of the human race.
–Climate change is a real, existential threat.
OK, all of those facts come together here in Ben’s deeply soulful performance of Bach’s Chaconne. I can’t say I really know what a Chaconne is (it’s not an Italian pastry), but to my ears, it’s pretty close to the blues.