198: Buffalo Springfield, ‘Rock and Roll Woman’

Buffalo Springfield was a flimsy amalgam of superegos, whose main common attribute was a group identity crisis. But, oh, what music they made on the way to their dissolution.

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154: Laura Nyro, ‘Save the Country’

And yet again my city is being bombarded by Hamas missiles, half a dozen since last night. Thanks to the IDF’s Iron Dome for watching over me physically and to Laura for watching over me spiritually.

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Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

A subjective glance at the Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

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SoTW Index

Here’s a complete chronological list of all published SoTWs for your browsing convenience. Please do feel free to sign up for email notifications of new postings. Mint Juleps, ‘Don’t Let Your Heart‘ Buddy Holly, ‘Learning the Game‘ (undubbed) Jerry Garcia & Dave Grisman, ‘So What?‘ The Beach Boys, ‘Kiss Me Baby‘ JS Bach, ‘Toccata in […]

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068: Hermeto Pascoal, ‘Santa Catarina’

Hermeto Pasocal is a 78-year old albino Brazilian sorcerer who makes music from gargling water and processing football commentators, as well as from more conventional sources, like the bass harmonica and the voice of his 30something wife. Miles Davis called him “the most impressive musician in the world”.

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036: Laura Nyro, ‘Sweet Blindness’ (“Eli & the 13th Confession”)

Laura Nyro’s masterpiece, “Eli & the 13th Confession”. She embraces her lover like a god, her God like a lover. It’s a pageant of bright lights and fierce emotions. It’s gospel and doo-wop and a spiritual carpet ride through sex, love, the elation and deflation of relationships, drugs, God, the devil. It’s a trip to the entire gallery of experiences of an eccentric, passionate, spiritual, loving person, and you’ll be a richer person for joining her.

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SoTW 16: Bob Dylan, ‘Percy’s Song’

A real good thing happened to a real good friend this week. Neal Hendel was appointed to the Supreme Court here in Israel. It’s a little hard for me to digest. I don’t know a lot about the judging business, but I have an awful lot of respect for his judgment about things like morality […]

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