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Instagram is now WordPress Friendly

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I’m just experimenting with the fact that Instagram pics are now embeddable on WordPress. Perhaps they have always been embeddable in this fashion, but the capability is new to me.

Visiting The Timbers Army, May 2012

I took this picture at a Portland Timbers soccer game in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers defeated the Chicago Fire by a score of 2-1.

This one I took at The Lenox Lounge in Harlem, sometime in 2012, which was before it closed.

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August 27th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

There are no wrong notes on the piano, just better choices.

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Thelonius Monk said that.

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August 27th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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Since I’m Not In Newport Today, I’m Watching This

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Update: Later Saturday. The music and streaming is done for the day.

Here’s a trip back to Newport, 1958. It’s the documentary film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day.”
(Sorry for the obnoxious ad that runs before the film starts.)

The live video feed from The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, via NPR Music.

You can also listen via this stream courtesy WBGO.

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August 4th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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September 11th, 2011 at 7:49 am

Happy Birthday, John Lennon

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John Lennon’s birthday was today. As we’ve done several times over the years we’ve observed the occasion at Strawberry Fields, the memorial near the Dakota Apartments which are generally remembered for two things: Being used as the setting for the film Rosemary’s Baby, and as the home of John and Yoko from 1973 on. As this would have marked his 70th year, the crowds at the annual singalong tribute were tremendous. Maggie and I stood near the center of the action for about four hours. She took several pictures of the people we encountered there, some of whom we’ve come to know from prior events.

Between songs people would often call out suggestions for the next song they thought should be sung. Several times I heard this tiny voice behind me calling out “Revolution 9.” It was from an eight-year-old boy, which I found entertaining given his age and the fact that this song is about the least-accessible, and utterly un-singable track of The Beatles’ catalog. Who knew eight-year-olds had developed a sense of irony? He had, I learned, become exposed to The Beatles by way of a video game, which says a lot about how media consumption habits have changed since I was that age.

His gag got me thinking about the song, and about a bootleg recording I had recently heard that’s been making the rounds on the Web called “Revolution 1 (Take 20).” It’s a 10-minute track that bridges the musical gap between the slower version of the familiar hit “Revolution” that appeared on “The White Album” and the freakier “Revolution 9.”

This newly discovered version finally shows that the two Revolutions were, at least at one point, one. It is contained on a bootleg album called “Revolution: Take Your Knickers Off” that started circulating earlier this year. There is, between them a certain music logic, as you will hear in the track below. I have no idea why this track didn’t appear in final volume of the Anthology collection though perhaps its very existence was unknown at the time. The story goes that there were only two copies, one that left the studio with Lennon on the day he worked on it, and one remained in the studio. It’s not clear which one this is. Perhaps it could be packaged with that ultimate of Beatles rarities, “Carnival of Light.” So without further delay,  here’s “Revolution 1 (Take 20)” via “Never Get Out Of The Boat.”

01 Revolution 1 (Take 20) by NGOOTB

And here, courtesy of Wolfgang’s Vault, is a 1980 radio interview with Lennon, recorded as he was mixing “Double Fantasy.”

Finally, an audio curiosity I happen to have. This is taken from a John Lennon’s actual birthday party held in a Syracuse, New York hotel room on Oct. 9 1971. In attendance were:  Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Keltner, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall. It seemed appropriate to include here.

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October 9th, 2010 at 7:05 pm