Late Friday Night Musical Interlude

June 17th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Alright cats and kittens, it’s time to get Red.

Jazz pianist Red Garland is just so damn swinging I can’t stand it.  Whatever kind of music you’re into, click on this little blues and just see if you don’t start smiling by about the second chorus, tapping your foot by the third, and by the time he breaks into those block chords (called “Garland blocks”) I predict you’ll be solidly in Red’s groove.

If policy makers could construct economic arguments with the ease and relaxed precision of Red, the debt ceiling would be raised, the jobs pivot solidly underway, and social insurance amply funded for the long term.

Hey Now!

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9 comments in reply to "Late Friday Night Musical Interlude"

  1. general c. san desist says:

    …while we are all turning Japanese you’re going Red. Like picking a strawberry while clinging to a vine as the tiger takes measure…nice.

  2. John says:

    Hey now, you say?

    How’m I doin, Hey, Hey!

    Copacetic, as my grandpa would say… 8^)

    And did the general mention a tiger? Hold that tiger! 8^)

  3. Allen says:

    Wow — an economist with GREAT musical taste. I just started following your blog and so far we’ve had James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and now Red Garland. This is great. I almost forgot that I came here to learn about economics! Thanks again — looking forward to it! Here’s a link to one of other favorite pianists — Tommy Flanagan:

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      About 100 years ago, during a very different life, I spent many incredible nights listening to Tommy Flanagan and bassist Red Mitchell (another great Red) play in a little NYC bar called Bradley’s in the Village. Those were the days…

      • Mary says:

        Not sure my first comment went through: I second Allen. Thanks! That was fun.

        I would like to add that it sounds like you miss those days. At least, you got to have them, I suppose.

  4. Mary says:

    I second Allen. Thanks! That was fun.

  5. Mary says:

    A couple suggestions on the commenting system.

    When I submit a comment, I don’t get any kind of confirmation that it went through. Also, I think it’s helpful to have dates in the URL. Just my opinion.


  6. Allen says:

    Tommy Flanagan live in NYC? I’m sure those are treasured memories — consider yourself lucky!

    I’ve signed up for email notifications of your blog posts — I look forward to your economic and musical insights!


    • Jared Bernstein says:

      Not just live in NYC, like in some concert hall, but playing at local wood-paneled bar, where you could sit a few feet from him and his bassist, sip a drink and listen for hours. I’m not sure there’s anything like that anymore.