Category Archives: music

Song for the week, and for a lifetime

“When you see another human being, what do you see?” A fat person? A stupid person? A white person? A black person? A green person? A man? A woman? An old person? A young person? Or do you see a human being? Do we even know what a human being really is? Do your eyes […]

All is well

My father passed away recently. I was with him in his last days. I played this song over and over during those days. It gave me strength. The words, or very similar ones, crop up in most parts of the world. The original may be from the Upanishads, I’m not sure. If you know someone […]

Video: The Great Unwind!

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Music for Monday (or more babes playing crazy piano)

Came home today with  the last movement of Prokofieff’s Piano Sonata No. 7 playing in my head, for some reason. Haven’t heard it in years. The first time I heard it was I think Martha Argerich playing it. I heard it once. I told my piano teacher “I want to play that!” She freaked out. […]

Music for Sunday

My wife and I are both fans of jazz pianist Keith Jarrett and many years ago went to see him play in Osaka. He was back in Osaka a few days ago, but cut his performance short because he was distracted by the poor manners of the audience who made so much noise coughing and […]

O Holy Night

It’s not Christmas, but who cares! This is a beautiful song. It’s not the version of Holy Night I learned as a child, and perhaps for that reason I prefer it. Tracy Chapman’s slightly tremulous delivery adds a unique charm to this particular version. [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h46231asrlc’] I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, […]

Baby Mamas

[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU84rDbdu8Q’] I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on going paperless first before buying his products. Sign up for it on his homepage. Disclosure of […]

Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield and Kenwood Dennard – The Chicken Studio – YouTube

We musicians may get a kick out of this stuff but to other people it just sounds like some 70´s porn soundtrack via Jaco Pastorius, John Scofield and Kenwood Dennard – The Chicken Studio – YouTube. Beautiful, luscious, laid back, sexy… Go Chicken! [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwhkPSEXs1Q’] Jaco Pastorius, a tortured soul towards the end of his […]

Music, rhythm, joy, spontaneity, life

Take a look at this amazing movie (see the trailer below). I saw the movie this afternoon. It was followed by a live performance by the boy himself, Takeo. Both were brilliant. The movie is in Japanese with no subtitles, so for those who don’t understand Japanese, here’s a brief summary. Takeo is now about […]

Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Other Western Artists are Minor in Japan | Marketing Japan

A Japanese professor of English was lamenting to me that Japanese young people these days are not interested in going abroad to study English. (He thinks this presages the end of Japanese civilization.) Today, I read a post that I think goes some way to explaining this phenomenon.  For better or worse, I think  the […]