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The Good is the Enemy of the Great

THE GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF THE GREAT

 

That’s one of those enigmatic sayings. But if one takes the time to understand it, one can see that settling for the good is really stopping the development of any idea or

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Henry Miller on Art in Life

I am reading my favorite author again, Henry Miller. BIG SUR AND THE ORANGES OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH and THE TIME OF THE ASSASSINS: A STUDY OF RIMBAUD.

These were written in the 1940’s and 1950’s. What he has to…

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Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn (11/29/1915-05/31/1967)


2015 is a big centennial year for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Billy Strayhorn. But I feel that Billy Strayhorn’s celebration is overshadowed by the other two centenaries. Not to take away any due…

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Irene Kral (January 18, 1932 – August 15, 1978)

I recently came across a song, entitled “Forgetful”, by Jack Segal and George Handy, originally written for David Allyn. It was  recorded by Chet Baker on his 1959 Milano Sessions, with a string quartet.   The following link, on You Tube…

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Introductions

The first thing I do when I listen to an unfamiliar singer is determine whether or not the voice seduces me. This is exclusively subjective and truly does not reflect upon the talent itself. Some voices are acquired tastes and…

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