Athens, Georgia – A St. Valentine’s day filled with wonderful surprises. For me, it has been a long, long while. And for us, the best is yet to come.
The World of Arthur Russell [Soul Jazz/ 2004] – Arthur Russell
Long stem red roses + assorted flora [Flowers.com]
Nirvana Rose eau de parfum [3.4 oz] – Elizabeth and James
Athens, Georgia – Not much going on today but me being a mild anxiety attack wearing a two piece navy Miro printed linen pajama set with a sleeveless beige turtleneck beneath. Here, let me remove all vestiges of sexuality from my indoor-outdoor brunch look. Head to toe my entire ensemble beat yours up in three steps. To tamp down whatever is troubling me, here are this afternoon’s selections from my collection of hot wax:
Funk or Walk [1978/ Atlantic] – The Brides of Funkenstein
Stars [1979/ Fantasy] – Sylvester
Slayed? [1972/ Polydor] – Slade
Athens, Georgia – I am currently doing whatever it takes to snatch myself out of a post-Christmas muck and mire. The time spent among humans/ people was fair to really good. Somewhere along the way, I contracted a yucky flu [which I am still working through]. Right now, hot green tea with profuse amounts of lemon and honey and the vinyl platters [below] for optimal wellness.
New York Is Now! – Vol. 1[Blue Note/ 1968] – Ornette Coleman
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?: Musical Hightlights from the Original Soundtrack [ABC/ 1969] – Johnny Green and His Orchestra + various artists
Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village [Impulse!/ 1967] – Albert Ayler
Athens, Georgia – Hand selected vinyl for listening enjoyment on this first day of Fall. Really, there is nothing finer. Desolation Boulevard and On The Rise are old faves. Twins is an Ornette Coleman compilation of works from the 1960s and outtakes. The Fela Kuti/ Ginger Baker collaboration is new to me. Baker is featured on two tracks. I cannot wait to hear this cornucopia of sound.
Twins [Atlantic/ 1971] – Ornette Coleman
Desolation Boulevard [RCA/ 1974] – The Sweet
Live! [Regal Zonophone/ 1971] – Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker
On The Rise [Tabu/ 1983] – The S.O.S. Band
Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.
Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.
evergreen + baby blue colorblocked “Ski Chalet Moto ’74” sunglasses
bamboo eyewear hardshell case
Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James
Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones
Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit
Athens, Georgia – Black. White. Color schemes. Go with the flow. Today selected vinyl for listening. One to rock me. One to groove to. One to melt into.
Bad Company’s debut album was chosen with fond memories of when I was a heavy listener of WFMU’s The Best Show. It’s great radio if you’ve never heard it and the album is straight up 70s beer drinking hard rock. Yoko Ono [like Zappa] is an artist which I’m finally able to listen to. I knew “Walking On Thin Ice”. I was perfectly fine with this [because it’s a phenomenal song] but now I need more. The full picture. I love Fly. Last but not least, Black Ivory’s Hanging Heavy. Great tracks, solid album. Bought it for “Mainline”, their 1977 underground Disco hit. Sampled by some [i.e., Deee-Lite’s “Power of Love”]. A dance until you are pouring in sweat production – if ever. Henceforth, my handfan. Crack + pop.
black + gold + white handfan
white marbled modern sunglasses
jet black vegan leather clutch
Fly [2017 re-issue/ Secretly Canadian] – Yoko Ono
Hangin’ Heavy [Arista/ 1977] – Black Ivory
Bad Company [Swan Song/ 1974] – Bad Company
Athens, Georgia – Sitting here listening to an old favorite [The Love Machine soundtrack] and a new favorite [The Ike and Tina l.p.]. The old favorite is a Cool Whip dream. Warwick is slinging her velvety vocals like she’s a bartender flawlessly whipping up cocktails. The instrumental tracks are equally as fantastic. I don’t do drugs but I can only imagine this is what popping Secanol sounded like.
inky black flattop sunglasses with gold accents
gold three dimensional ‘tear drop’ earrings
yellow circular crossbody purse
Come Together [Liberty/ 1970] – Ike & Tina Turner and The Ikettes
The Love Machine [Original Soundtrack Recording ] [Scepter/ 1971] – Dionne Warwick[e]
“Today, a historic solar eclipse – with soundtrack brought to you by Farmer and Gryce. How’s that for something crisp and refreshing?”
Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
Red + White + Blue paper drinking straws [Jonathan Adler]
When Farmer Met Gryce [Prestige Records/ 1955] – Art Farmer + Gigi Gryce
assorted gold pendant necklaces
Mirage: Avant-Garde and Third-Stream Jazz [New World/ 1977] – Various Artists