Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stanley Clarke amazing upright bass solo

Stanley Clarke is probably my favorite bassist of all time. I think he is an amazing virtuoso on both bass guitar and upright bass. I have followed his career from its beginning, in the mid 70's, when I was a teenager. Here is an amazing Stanley Clarke upright bass solo, with some of his comments:

Esperanza Spalding- Mela

Esperanza performing her composition, Mela, here in two video parts; some really hot bass playing on the upright:

We all have to be pried loose.

I learned as a child not to trust in my body/I've carried that burden through my life/But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose. 

 - Bruce Cockburn, from his song, The Last Night of the World.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Your Eternal Beauty

O My Lord, if I worship You from fear of hell, burn me in hell; if I worship You in hope of paradise, exclude me from it; but if I worship You for Your own sake, then do not withhold from me Your Eternal beauty. 

- A Muslim Prayer

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U2 Until The End Of The World Live From Slane Castle

A song about Judas Iscariot. Even Judas will be saved in the end.

Esperanza Spalding - Precious and I Know You Know, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, 2009

In 2009, Esperanza Spalding was invited to perform at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, when President Obama won his prize. She made some terrific performances, which, fortunately, are available on Youtube. All three of the videos here are performances of songs from her second album, Esperanza.

Esperanza performs Precious.

Esperanza performs I Know You Know.

Here Esperanza performs Espera.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Make a habit of practicing meditation, and do not let your mind be distracted. In this way you come finally to the Lord, who is the light-giver, the highest of the high.

– the Bhagavad Gita, ch. 8

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Distractions - Paul McCartney

A deep cut from the Flowers in the Dirt Album. Featuring Paul on the Wal 5 String Bass, a gift given him by Linda for his birthday.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

U2 - Vertigo (Live At The Brooklyn Bridge)

"Winter Sun", Late Show With David Letterman, 01-21-2011

After some serious posts, how about some fun! My second favorite Esperanza video (favorite one being her performance of I know you know at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony for President Obama), this performance really showcases her musical genius, possibly the best song she has written so far, with some sinewy bass playing. Very creative combination of Jazz trio with strings added, the whole concept behind Esperanza's Chamber Society Music album.

Back of My Car

Cornel West: We need a jobs program

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Craig Ferguson 11/5/10D Late Late Show Cornel West

Terrific interview of Cornell West by Craig Ferguson. Dr. West shares his view about being a Christian. Ritual has a place, especially in community says Dr. West, but being a Christian is more about being in solidarity with "the least of these."

Esperanza performing 'Inútil Paisagem' for the Chamber Society Music album

Esperanza performing 'Inútil Paisagem' for the Chamber Society Music album. Vocal duet with Gretchen Parlato, accompanied by Bass only- and amazing bass work, at that- as usual.

Friday, April 15, 2011

U2's All Because of You

One of my very favorite U2 songs of all time. I love the spirituality of the song, "I was born a child of grace...I'm not broke but you can see the cracks/only you can make me perfect again...all because of you/I am!"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pursue Justice

If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard. When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous...Whoever pursues justice and kindness will find life and honor.

 - Proverbs 21.13,15,21, from today's reading in the Orthodox Church

The price of the Kingdom is the food you give to those who need it.

- Pope St. Leo the Great

You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich.

- St. Ambrose

When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.

- St. Gregory the Great

Friday, April 8, 2011

Honestly, We Already Ordain Homosexuals

from the article-
"I'm not asking you to agree with me or disagree with me. Your choice is your choice. I'm just a bit weary of the hypocrisy in the Church over this particular matter and needed to say it out loud. It's time to stop the divisive infighting. It's time to turn outward to the world and get to worrying about the things about which Jesus actually did have something to say: loving our neighbors, advocating for the marginalized, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, healing the sick, mending up the broken hearted and proliferating peace. What a wonderful world that would be – Kingdom of God like, even." see the entire article here: Honestly, We Already Ordain Homosexuals

One of the Best Ones

Like the nine billion names of God/Don't bring you any closer/To anyone you can simply set eyes on...

- Bruce Cockburn in his song, One of the Best Ones

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Esperanza Spalding in Telluride, Colorado.

This performance is from four years ago. Esperanza in a Jazz trio, with a terrific bass solo.

Monday, April 4, 2011

This is your future if the Tea Party gets all it wants

A terrific post by OrthoCuban-

"Let the workers die. Let them earn less money. Let them have fewer benefits. At the same time increase the wages of the officers of the company responsible for lowering operating and labor costs, even if they result in the death of workers. After all, workers are replaceable, safety costs money, and the explosion will mean tax credits for lost production and lost equipment. This is Tea Party world now."

See the link below for the entire blog posting:

This is your future if the Tea Party gets all it wants