Is That a Shame?

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine “A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” (Elvis) Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ‘n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I…

A Singing Saint

Ani Choying Drolma, who is Nepalese, has become famous as a meditative singer and musician in much of the world, but we in the United States know little of her.

Words + Music = ???

I don’t believe in an external deity who watches over sparrows and me, but I do believe in a force that connects sparrows and me and everything else.

This Land

Woody Guthrie saw “God Bless America” as the wrong song. He was sick of hearing it on the radio.

Remembrance Part 2: David Arben

Arben’s life had been saved by his violin. As a child, he certainly would have been killed by the Nazis if they had not discovered his musical ability.

A Musical Bonus from the Heart

I decided to post a short musical bonus for the followers of my blog, and I chose this, a version of the famous mantra that ends the Heart Sutra

191 Days: Reflections on Ornette Coleman

Originally posted on Daniel Schnee:
天才を覚えます… The depths of winter are beginning to sing their song… bringing with them the memory of lost summer heat, and bare skin against the wind… the lost smile of the sun’s freedom… The picture above is my favorite picture of myself and my saxophone teacher, in his apartment in…

Joy from the World

…whatever politicians do or say, the world is indeed shrinking, and familiarity breeds compassion, not contempt.