Tag Archives: Minnesota

Maria Schneider – Jazz Composer

   Maria Schneider is a jazz composer from Minnesota, whose Grammy-winning compositions for jazz orchestra are beautiful. It’s a rare form. Walking By Flashlight She grew up on a farm. She worked with Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer. She’s collaborated … Continue reading

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The Good Doctor — Dr. John

   In my mind, he will always be the King of New Orleans, even though there have been and will be many more. He has its history in his fingertips. He’s telling me about gilded splinters and I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Sitar Manifestations

   Minnesota had never heard such a thing. It came from another world. It expanded your mind in a way the accordion never could. It provided instant hipness. You could almost smell the incense. In fact, upon hearing it, the … Continue reading

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TV or Not TV? – Inescapable.

When I was younger and it was too dark to ride my bike, I had only a handful of choices – homework, Candyland with my sister, the Beach Boys, or watch TV. The Beach Boys were great, but I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Endless Summer – Let’s Go Surfing Now!

  In seventh grade, I had a subscription to Surfer Magazine. That might sound normal and healthy, but I lived in Minnesota. The Beach Boys were touting the lifestyle, though back then we didn’t use that term. Actually, we never … Continue reading

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Holy Cow! – The Holy Modal Rounders

Mid 60s. Hop High Ladies Someone gave me this record in high school. The Holy Modal Rounders. It was like the title of a mystery that might be difficult to solve. Two guys sounding like insane hicks on acid, being … Continue reading

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