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I Know You're Married But I Have Feelings Too

That's the title of Martha Wainwright's new record. Maybe there's a family gene that inclines her to soul-baring. On that score, she gives her dad a run for his money. She doesn’t have Loudon’s funny bone, but she’s just as honest, and can sing with more emotion. A good example is a song best indicated with the acronym “BMFA.” It’s supposedly addressed to her father. She sings that one and a bunch of the new tunes (plus an epic “Stormy Weather”) in this video.


The Black Coach

There are a million songs that dread the darkness – Here Comes the Night, Twilight, Round Midnight – but the morning ain’t always a picnic. Billie Holiday knew it. In one of her songs, she wakes up and finds she is not alone…

Might as well get use to you hanging around
Good morning heartache
Sit down


Charles Ives meets Captain Beefheart

Can it really be true? Los Lobos is performing tomorrow at the Party in the Park…for free. Thank you, City of Rochester!


What Magic Slept

As I was writing my last post, I thought about the movie “The Sweet Hereafter.” If you like devastating films, it’s one to see. It’s about life and death and how destructive blame can be, among other things. It was based on a book inspired by an actual event – a fatal school bus accident in a Texas town in 1989.


The Nasty Now Now

Some guy on 89.3 was talking about the ever after the other day. I tuned in as he was berating the younger generation. They never think about the sweet bye and bye, he complained. Their only concern is the sensual, what he termed “the nasty now now.”


Madame Marie

I never knew she was real, and now she's dead. Madame Marie is mentioned in the Bruce Springsteen song Fourth of July, Asbury Park. As we head into the holiday weekend, the news comes that she's quit the scene.


History, Mystery

In January 2005, Larry Applebaum was digging through some old Voice of America tapes at the Library of Congress. He found one labeled “sp. Event 11/29/57 carnegie jazz concert (#1).” It turned out to be the only full-length professionally recorded document of the short-lived collaboration between two jazz giants. The discovery allowed critics and historians to flesh out the accepted narrative of how Thelonious Monk influenced John Coltrane.


New show on WRUR!

I was camping at Watkins Glen in 2005 right after Katrina hit New Orleans. I had a little portable radio and remember hearing reports that Fats Domino was missing and, later, that he was OK. That same weekend I heard American Routes for the first time, on WEOS out of Geneva.


2009 RIJF Wish List

Well, the seventh edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival is history, and it turned out OK. I was one of many who was underwhelmed by the list of headliners but, as always, there was plenty of great music to enjoy. So now what about next year? I think they ought to set up a big interactive voting thing on the website, so everyone in the community could weigh in. But I also imagine they probably get tired of hearing people ask, "Why don't you book so-and-so?" Even so...


Wait For Me

Everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So lets make our steps clear that the other may see
And I'll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me

There's a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There 'neath the oak's bough soon we'll be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I'll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

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