7/10/17: US3 & Herbie Hancock

I was always a big fan of this song. I knew they were using samples from Blue Note recordings, but never bothered to track down the original source material.   But then it came and found me. I was listening to the radio, and some Herbie Hancock came on:   It’s great to listen to […]

3/28/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!

Now you’ve done it. You’ve got me started on the Nicholas Brothers. Harold and Fayard. Genuises. Fred Astaire told the brothers that this sequence (from the movie “Stormy Weather”) was the greatest movie musical number he’d ever seen. The virtuosity of their moves is just stunning. And yes, that is Cab Calloway leading the orchestra. […]

October 21, 2015

I found this picture of an instrument I’ve never seen before; the “Autophone Organette.” I figured I’d see if I could find one in action: And the punch card thingy made me think of the composer Conlon Nancarrow. Nancarrow wrote a lot of music that was so technically complex, he couldn’t find anyone who could […]

July 17, 2015

This just popped into my head, displacing “Thank You For Being a Friend,” the theme song to “The Golden Girls.” Thank you, Tony. Thank you, Dawn. There was a point in the early to mid-seventies where pop songs became so hook-laden that they were almost annoyingly catchy. You hear it for the first time in […]