Last night, Aaron Harman — leader and arranger of the horn quartet playing with Beauty Pill tomorrow night — hit us with two very pleasant surprises. One: he presented a daringly weird and cool arrangement of “Black Kites” that is so creative we want to open the show with it. Two: the horn quartet he has assembled is *gender balanced*. Half women, half men. BOOM! We are yours, DC!
PARDON OUR DUST I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon Everywhere like such as and any answer is correct Photovoltaic hut Please pardon our dust There are so few reasons left My only strength is I never understand you and I’m not gonna learn Barely an exhalation Please stop asking I am willing to burn Been hanging out with the other confirmed kills Some, I assume, are good people but are we getting their best? Pretty soon I’m gonna die without letting you know You won’t believe what happens next I don’t know what you’ve been breathing and I don’t wanna learn Yes I am a hologram Please stop asking Please stop asking I am starting to burn I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon
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Went running and listened to “Passion Sources” on my headphones this morning. In 1989, when Peter Gabriel released “Passion,” his soundtrack to “The Last Temptation Of Christ,” he also released a companion album called “Passion Sources.” He released both albums on the same day. “Sources” was a curated anthology of the music that had directly influenced the work in the soundtrack. It was “produced by” Gabriel only in the sense that he had selected and sequenced the recordings. I think this project has implication about his value system, which I admire. Firstly, it bespeaks his humility in wanting to state “This music has precedent.” It also suggests he had a genuine desire to elevate the lesser known (and non-Western) artists he selected. Not just to cite them, but honor them. Hell, not just honor them, but *pay* them! It’s an elegant creative step beyond mere attribution and it was right on. In its small but authentic way, “Passion Sources” exposed an inquisitive audience to music they may not have encountered. Good for listeners. Good for musicians. Good for everyone. Acknowledging privilege can be badass and genuinely positive. Conversely, denying privilege can be... the opposite of that. - c
Was thinking about how when Joanne and I recorded the vocals for “Rideshare,” Lungfish was in the adjacent studio. We were mainly oblivious to this and went about our work. But we also had these delicious lemon cookies. I don’t know who brought them, Joanne or me (probably me), but it became amusing to us. Lungfish was a gang of tough, tattooed Baltimore mystics, enveloped in tobacco smoke and arcane illustrations, and here we were munching our cute little lemon cookies. The contrast was amusing. I remember Joanne playing it for laughs, making sure to delight loudly about our cookies with an exaggerated sybaritic tone. “These cookies! Too delicious! Just to DIE for, am I right?” loudly in the studio kitchen. I make good choices in bandmates.
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