What is a song?

Words, no melody = poem Words sung with melody and instruments = song Words sung, no instruments = a cappella Melody played with instruments, no words = instrumental Why am I asking this? I’m playing this 2004 Dr John album for the first time, and he refers to the first track “Quatre Parishe” as a […]

Yogi Berra explains Jazz

Interviewer: Can you explain jazz? Interviewer: Can you explain jazz? Yogi: I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If […]

Music listening evening – May

I enjoyed the group listening at Paul Quilter’s monthly music evening at PQ Imports HQ in Tamahere, last night. Highlights for me were: The Blind Boys of Alabama – Spirit of the Century Loggins & Messina – Mother Lode (on original vinyl) Jim Suhler Sacred Spirit – Vol. 2: Culture Clash Brian Eno – Nerve […]