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LISTENING: Satin Sheets by Willis Alan Ramsey
I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm just now learning how to say "F you" to the Harvard English department in my head and allow myself to write song lyrics as deliciously whimsical as "I wish I was a millionaire / Play rock music and grow long hair / Tell ya boys / ‘Bout a new Rolls-Royce." (BTW: This whole album is a cult gem. If you don't know ... now you know. #yourewelcome)
LISTENING: Packing Up and Getting Ready To Go by Aretha and Friends
This is a jubilant workout of a song. Aretha and Co. bring every ounce of themselves to the preparations for packing up and getting reading to go. The first time I heard it, I couldn't believe my ears -- there was so much awesome singing and playing going on all at once. What I could believe, though, was my ass shaking and getting down. Are you ready?
LISTENING: Spiritual from the album Steal Away by pianist Hank Jones and bassist Charlie Haden
And now to the sublime. This is but one of a dozen beautiful tunes in this affecting collection. Whenever I am asked the question, "What music do you gift to other people the most?" my answer is "Steal Away." Who can resist the restrained touch of these two masterful players, the richness of these elemental melodies, the satisfying simplicity of two instruments in conversation? No one that I know of, so far.
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