Sunday, May 22, 2005


When did music last make you pull your car to the side of the road and sit there, and listen, and wait for twenty minutes for the back announcement? When did music last tease you along, neverending, and make you inexcusably late for your call time? When did music on the radio last bring out all your Good Studious Intentions and cause you to summon your superpower ears: is that cello, violin, or double bass? All three? And what percussion!

At home later that night, you remember to look it up (of course the hip college radio station posts playlists) and you find out: it was Sun Ra. Wow. The car stopped, twenty minutes lost, all because of Sun Ra.


Oh yes, Sun Ra can do that to you. I saw him perform in a small club in North Carolina in the late '80s and it was absolutely mesmerizing. Over a decade after his death, he's still years ahead of his time.


By Blogger Heather, at 8:33 AM  

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