Paul @Holdengraber turned me on to this beauty: “Autumn Leaves” performed by trumpeter Chet Baker and Paul Desmond on the alto sax. Others of note include Hubert Laws (flute), Bob James (keyboard), Ron Carter (contrabass), and Steve Gadd (drums).
Our latest podcast with Imani Perry (a scholar of law, culture, race— and hip hop) and the fabric of our identity is the first in a four-part series, “The American Consciousness.”
Ms. Perry acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality, writing, “That may very well be true, but it also true that extraordinary things have happened and keep happening in our history. The question is, how do we prepare for and precipitate them?” We took her up on this emboldening question at the Chautauqua Institution, on the cusp of yet a new collective reckoning with the racial fabric of American life.
Some days this song is the quickest route to gratitude.
~ A delightfully mellow rendition of Monty Python by Alexander Stamatis
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour Of the galaxy we call the ‘milky way’