one day someone is going to make a sumptuous and sad movie about lee morgan’s life and death…

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but in the meantime, we do have his music.

This I Dig of You… #hankmobley

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may i construct a life that is worthy of this song.

Hello Monday….

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Coleman Hawkins, Ill Wind

Cheesy Song of the Day, April 12: ‘Precious’ Esperanza Spalding

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Fury. Betrayal. Rage. Impulsive. Clarity.

I had an argument with an ex-boyfriend a few days ago.  It was an argument I should have had months ago but it took me a few months to see him for what he  is and become tired.  Bone tired.   To recount the argument would be

1. one sided
2. biased

What I can share that isn’t biased is that  after I hung up the phone, thinking of this song by Esperanza Spalding and feeling a little bit better.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

Cheesy Song of the Day, March 19: ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ Betty Carter

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This requires a day without any commitments, numerous scotch on the rocks and tears. The maudlin, unbidden kind. Betty Carter knew too much.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

Cheesy Song of the Day, March 16: ‘A Little Warm Death’ Cassandra Wilson

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To me, this is one of the sweetest ways to ask for sex. Let me count the ways….

The phrase ‘a little warm death’ is inspired by the French idiom ‘la petite mort’ which is a metaphor for orgasm.  Inserting ‘warm’ between ‘little’ and ‘death’ makes it so inviting, desirable, otherworldly.  Wilson’s lyrics build on this feeling:

Come on and relax with me/let me take away your physicality

I can hardly wait to feel you moving through my world, through  my world

In a culture that conflates sexual intimacy with crassness & immediate gratification,  I feel the anticipation and beauty of climax is restored with Wilson’s beautiful imagery and melody.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

Cheesy Song of the Day, February 7: ‘Company’ Dianne Reeves

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I like Rickie Lee‘s version but this version breaks my heart. It’s the way Reeves phrases ‘galaxy’ that punches me in the gut.  ‘I free you in my dreams’ is all I want to do to you. That’s what I want now even if I hate the idea of it.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?