Some Gershwin to see you home safely

The concept behind Friday Night Travelin’ Music has always been to provide an end-of-the-week way to wind down from the partisan debates and workplace stress. Thanks to a lot of you folks, it has evolved into something more than that, which is great.

But take a moment to really listen to this one, the great Marcus Roberts at the piano, with backing from an orchestra conducted by Seiji Osawa, taking on a thoroughly American classic. If it works on you as it works on me, it will take you to a quiet place within yourself and leave you refreshed, and that ain’t bad payment for a few minutes of your time.

It’ll be instant weekend.

– Jay Bookman

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AmVet - Like most decent Americans, I'm a Marxist.

January 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

Man, after the day I’ve had, I need this!

Thanks, JB. (You rock. Even when you don’t!)

Adam

January 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

josef

January 27th, 2012
3:55 pm

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

I don’t like Gershwin…

Well, aren’t we the uppity one today! LOL.

My favorite American composer? Copland.

Bur right now all I wanna do is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHcYiOsO3a4&feature=related

#1 Foxy Lady

January 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

?quien es el mejor funkiest?

?es bootsy?
?es el george’ clinton?
?es el padre del dios de la soul?

?hmm.. quien es?

Newtpewt

January 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

Here’s my weekend tribute to the values of Integrity, Compassion, Steadfastness, Open-mindednes and Large Heartedness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP7I9Z3c-jI

I’ll always love you, Dad!

Paul

January 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

Nice, Jay. Nice. Just saw a production of Crazy for You this past weekend.

Now,how about played by the man himself – from 1931?

http://www.bookofjoe.com/2012/01/gershwin-plays-i-got-rhythm.html

josef

January 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

ZamVet

Like that one…Allison Krauss is one of my favorites, if for no other reason, but how she so willingly shares the spotlight with the greats, the up and coming, and the unknowns…mark of a true artist, imo

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
4:13 pm

Thanks to a lot of you folks, it has evolved into something more than that, which is great.

Bout time the blog band got some recognition, Jay.

Here’s a bittersweet appetizer for y’all. Main course later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwbowi-8Yoo

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

?quien es el mejor funkiest?

?es bootsy?

Si, Bootsy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t3qtgO1wHc

Paul

January 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

josef!

Not any of it? How can you just not melt thru the floor with this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb0s4cnT3hM&feature=related

carlosgvv

January 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

Jay, there is no way to put this nicely. Many of your bloggers here don’t know Gershwin from Guns & Roses.

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

Hey Paul, I understand there is to be a new ABBA release.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
4:24 pm

carlosgvv

Sure they do! Geshwin is a composer. Guns & Roses is a Texas whiskey -

Kamchak

Nice try. Agnetha’d never go for it.

But I appreciate the thought!

Who day

January 27th, 2012
4:24 pm

Enter your comments here

Tommy Maddox

January 27th, 2012
4:25 pm

Concerto in F vs. Rhapsody in Blue!

Who dat?

January 27th, 2012
4:25 pm

Amvet

Well, who is your favorite non-American composer?

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

Many of your bloggers here don’t know Gershwin from Guns & Roses.

Not a big fan of Gershwin although I do like Rhapsody in Blue, but I do know I can’t stand Axl Rose’s whiny assed voice.

Road Scholar

January 27th, 2012
4:33 pm

Jamvet: Mighty fine!

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
4:33 pm

moonbat betty

January 27th, 2012
4:34 pm

Oh how I lust for Spring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwleQxi7xsc

and I say old chaps, have you any Grey Poupon?

josef

January 27th, 2012
4:35 pm

PAUL

@ 4:17

Treacle…

Give me some uuummp

My favorite American composer?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=theeQ595ljM&feature=related

Tommy Maddox

January 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

There are big paintings of Judges etc. adorning the walls of the Fulton County courtrooms. I walked into one of the rooms years ago, looked up at a painting and blurted out “George Gershwin?” The baliff replied “No fool – Bobby Jones.”

You’ll now find George’s portrait overlooking the first floor atrium…

josef

January 27th, 2012
4:41 pm

ZamVet

Copeland is another one that tends to get on my nerves…overrated in my opinion..but, then, he’s just really not to my taste…not bad for the ballet, but then I’m not overly fond of most ballet, either…
(Sorry, Thalia Mara, I know you’re ghost will get me for that…but, hey, thanks for all of what you did for me and Jackson! :-) )

Peadawg

January 27th, 2012
4:44 pm

Nice Jay,

Here’s Scott D. Davis doing a piano version of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX_ThT1jpas

He has 2 great cds out called ‘Rockfluence’ (mix of rock songs) and ‘Pianotarium’ (all Metallica).

Peadawg

January 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

Here’s Scott D. Davis doing ‘Stairway to Heaven’:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wnh4GvFUo4

Peadawg

January 27th, 2012
4:49 pm

Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sZK4Hd28VA

And ‘Master of Puppets’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RlwtPcC424

Normal

January 27th, 2012
4:49 pm

My favorite Gerswin…of all time.

See ya Monday…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9nG2KyEp2A

josef

January 27th, 2012
4:49 pm

josef

January 27th, 2012
4:50 pm

Normal
Condolences…drive safely

carlosgvv

January 27th, 2012
4:50 pm

Kamchak – “I can’t stand Axl Rose’s whinney assed voice”

You speak for many.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Axl now or Axl from ‘Appetite for Destruction’?

Thulsa Doom

January 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Last political point of the day and then its on to music. I’m somewhat shocked that none of the liberals on here have mentioned anything about Newt wanting to build a moon colony while we’re at 15 trillion in debt and counting. Ya’ll must be not be on top of your game today because that’s about the craziest thing I’ve heard out of the Newtster.

barking frog

January 27th, 2012
4:53 pm

josef

January 27th, 2012
5:04 pm

Thulsa

We libruls didn’t what? Of course I’m for him and a moon colony so’s he can sing…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Xn-DWHuuM

Paulo977

January 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

Great start Jay

Matti

January 27th, 2012
5:12 pm

Peadawg,

Beautiful rendition of Nothing Else Matters.Thanks for a new take on an old fave.

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

Here’s my contribution to the relaxation. Have a great weekend all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmWJeKuveSQ

ByteMe

January 27th, 2012
5:16 pm

Ya’ll must be not be on top of your game today because that’s about the craziest thing I’ve heard out of the Newtster.

At least he thought of doing something big instead of taking us on an 8-year journey of “small ball” the rest of the crowd envisions.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
5:21 pm

Kamchak

THANKS!!

josef

You’re getting jaded in your old age, you know that?

:-)

Matti

January 27th, 2012
5:21 pm

Weekend stretch & breathe time? Here’s a piece from my chill collection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTpvA-pUG0

Thulsa Doom

January 27th, 2012
5:23 pm

“Of course I’m for him and a moon colony so’s he can sing…’

josef,

I’m going to take it that you’re perhaps for Newt being on his own moon colony singing all by his lonesome or if not then a colony of 2- he and Callista.

Ya’ll have a good evening. Doomy out.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
5:23 pm

josef

I just read your 4:49.

You’ve redeemed yourself -

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
5:25 pm

Like celtic (Scottish)? Ladies and gentlemen, the great Cara Dillon with “The Snows They Melt The Soonest.” Good one, Jay…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5f9eZR51Sw

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
5:34 pm

While Newt’s up on the moon, I hope he takes the time to stop and smell the roses:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgpcpXCq3mw

josef

January 27th, 2012
5:36 pm

PAUL

Me? Jaded….? This was on the other screen when you posted that…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWAatFvCSeQ&feature=fvsr

Paulo977

January 27th, 2012
5:36 pm

In anticipation of life on the moon Mr G??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LXl4y6D-QI

josef

January 27th, 2012
5:42 pm

If I had known it was going to be Gershwin, I’d've had Unmentionable get a frufy white wine instead of beer! :-)

josef

January 27th, 2012
5:46 pm

PAULO

Good one…or this one? Has some of his folks caught on tape here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMycqzJSB5Y

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
5:51 pm

Dang, boys and girls, I needed that nap bad! (getting “old” has some advantages, ya know!)

Bruno, it’s been way to long since I’ve heard that wonderful, soulful Allman Brothers song. They truly did define an entire genre, and in my humble opinion, nobody has ever topped them.

Who dat, that is a really hard one to answer. There are so many. And so many eras – Baroque, Romantic and modern. I love almost all of the Russian stuff, but am also a big fan of Ravel, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and tons of others.

jo and Road, I discovered Sarah Jarosz by accident the other night and was blown away. What a huge talent at such at a young age. She will definitely be on my playlist for awhile. And the sound that Jerry Douglass gets out of that steel guitar just blows me away. And it seems somehow appropriate that that haunting song was recorded in Scotland. Appalachia, bluegrass and Celtic are all just musical cousins.

Turns out that she is also a killer mandolin player. Here covering the Fab Four…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRntTJL1vQ&feature=related

Paul

January 27th, 2012
5:51 pm

josef

Yeah, well, you posted that, and a rather melancholy Abba, sooooo….. careful with the Gallo tonight!

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
5:54 pm

“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.”
–Thomas Jefferson

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 27th, 2012
5:54 pm

Well, things are hopping up here at Billy Bob’s. Anyway, good to see folks here can put aside their feuds and just enjoy music. Here’s one for Matti, tho the rest of you can listen if you want to. I like that girl. She says what’s on her mind and don’t give a hang what other people think. Have a good weekend everybody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqxgTryyYoA

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
5:56 pm

Tom,

My dad, alas, gone these 23 years, shared a deep connection through Celtic music. Back in the 80s, I would record the Thistle and Shamrock program off of NPR radio and send him the tapes. I still miss him…

Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEhM6e8dK-w

kayaker 71

January 27th, 2012
5:57 pm

Reminds me a little of the Ramsey Lewis trio…. Lewis, Redd Holt and L.D. Young.

Paulo977

January 27th, 2012
5:58 pm

FrankLeeDarling

January 27th, 2012
6:01 pm

this one is for Newt the future is coming like it or not
cool in studio vid of a band with a future

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEI3ygPsKX8&feature=related

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
6:10 pm

I like that girl.

Me, three. I’ve had a crush on her for awhile, but after watching B trip over his ____ the other night, I’ve decide to lay low!

I think I’m starting to rally.

She got designer jeans, so tight ‘n blue
Break out in a sweat when she looks at you
She loves lights, cameras and action
To the boys on the set, she’s the star attraction
Just watch the way she walks
She’s got a double barrel figure
Just watch her body talk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq39zIWJaeU

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
6:14 pm

Bartender. Another one, just like the last one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUuBjJ9VBUY&feature=related

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
6:15 pm

Matti

January 27th, 2012
6:18 pm

Awwww… Redneck, JamVet… You gentlemen are SO SWEET!

Thank you SO MUCH!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa3vzkNUVa0

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 27th, 2012
6:18 pm

Well, long as we’re talking about Matti, we might ought to play one for B the Dumped to help him out tonight. This is a old one but a good one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMSWAUAKJn0

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:21 pm

JamVet,

Thanks, Man, and I know how you feel. Lost mine on Lennon’s birthday (December 8) in 2003, and like you and yours, we had an enormous musical bond.

In fact, we loved everything from bluegrass to Nina Simone, and I think about him everyday. And remember the “Hit Parade” albums, Frankie Lane, and the Mitch Miller sing-a-longs? Yup, I’m up there, too.

But to me, it’s kind of like climbing a mountain: The breath is a little shorter, but the view is oh-so-much-better than ever before, and I’ll take it hands down!

BTW. Sarah is great, and thanks. Love that Smokey Mountain celtic!!!!

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:22 pm

Don’t know how the smiley face got in there, but it’s supposed to read “Decembrer 8″

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:24 pm

And it’s also the day Lennon died, not his birthday. Sheeesh, I’m off for a nap myself…lol.

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
6:31 pm

But to me, it’s kind of like climbing a mountain: The breath is a little shorter, but the view is oh-so-much-better than ever before, and I’ll take it hands down!

I really like that, Tom. A really awesome take on life.

Matti, there is just something REALLY hot about chicks blowing jazzed out, sexy horns. I wasn’t familiar with her, but L-O-V-E Candy Dulfer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76kd984×5bU

josef

January 27th, 2012
6:31 pm

PAUL

A bit on the melancholic and introspective side tonight…a chat with one of the neighbors who was a in the French resistance in WWII… tough old bird and still going strong…she’s quite the inspiration…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyI4OkYDnwg&feature=related

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 27th, 2012
6:33 pm

And remember the “Hit Parade” albums, Frankie Lane, and the Mitch Miller sing-a-longs? Yup, I’m up there, too.

. . . and Rosemary Clooney, Giselle McKenzie, and even a young Eddie Fisher.

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:40 pm

Patty Page, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thorton?

Soothsayer

January 27th, 2012
6:40 pm

martin the calvinist.....the anti marxist

January 27th, 2012
6:41 pm

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:41 pm

Pretty soon, we’re going to be back talking about “Hee Haw” again. LOL

Paul

January 27th, 2012
6:43 pm

josef

Wow. Her, i would like to meet.

One of my favorite pics – was in Paris in the 80s, staying in a place right off the Arc de Triomphe. Was walking back to the hotel, there was a big ceremony going on at the Arc. I had my Nikon and a roll of Kodachrome (after Simon and Garfunkel, couldn’t shoot with anything else) and headed on. Lots of military, civilian dignitaries, and a number of elderly civilians with medals on their jackets. There was one man speaking with a woman as I was composing the shot and he turned and saw me. I lowered the camera and made a sign for ‘please?’. Josef, he turned full on towards me, shoulders back, chest erect and the proudest look I’ve ever seen on anyone.

That’s one of my favorite shots from my time over there.

Paul

January 27th, 2012
6:44 pm

josef

Didn’t say, but they were quite elderly and I wondered ‘the stories they could tell…”

Curious Observer

January 27th, 2012
6:44 pm

A bit on the melancholic and introspective side tonight…a chat with one of the neighbors who was a in the French resistance in WWII… tough old bird and still going strong…she’s quite the inspiration…

I know what you mean, Five years ago I edited the memoirs of a Spanish Civil War veteran, a Russian-born 95-year-old anarchist who joined the revolutionary forces via Germany. He’s still going strong, attending every protest in the Atlanta area.

josef

January 27th, 2012
6:45 pm

Tom Middleton

January 27th, 2012
6:49 pm

Paulo977

January 27th, 2012
6:49 pm

josef

January 27th, 2012
6:52 pm

Curious and Paul

One of the greatest honors of my spotted career was the translation of the memoirs of a femal member of the Wallenberg resistance. While I was out in the French countryside, I had a lady ask me to come with her, if I would be so kind, her mother wanted to meet me. The mother had been a member of the resistance and she wanted to thank ME, the American for what “your people” did to “help us liberate ourselves.” I’ve posted this before, but my high school Spanish teacher was a nurse in the Spanish Civil War…

Listening to what these people have said makes all our nyanh-nyanh “problems” so insignificant…

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
6:53 pm

but after watching B trip over his ____ the other night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkFQHScyti0&ob=av2e

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
6:54 pm

More Fever by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aDLeWoxbms

Paulo977

January 27th, 2012
6:55 pm

josef
josef

January 27th, 2012
6:45 pm
__________
One of the best

Paul

January 27th, 2012
6:56 pm

“Listening to what these people have said makes all our nyanh-nyanh “problems” so insignificant…”

Amen.

Kamchak

January 27th, 2012
7:03 pm

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:03 pm

The mother had been a member of the resistance and she wanted to thank ME, the American for what “your people” did to “help us liberate ourselves.”

One of my patients was part of the American liberation force in France. He said that initially the French cheered him on, but within a few weeks they were muttering under their breaths “Yankee go home.”

SE.

josef

January 27th, 2012
7:07 pm

BRUNO

I found the people of the South of France to be a completely different lot along those lines…they claimed the Yankee go home element were from the North and Vichy collaborators one and all! :-)

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:09 pm

Thanks, Kam (I think).

Nice rocker from the Gin Blossoms. Didn’t know they had it in them.

Soothsayer

January 27th, 2012
7:09 pm

Newtpewt @ 4:08: Thanks for playing that Edward Elgar – Nimrod. That was beautiful.

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:10 pm

they claimed the Yankee go home element were from the North and Vichy collaborators one and all!

From the North, eh?? Yanquis hating on Yankees??

josef

January 27th, 2012
7:17 pm

PAUL

Talking about the stories they could tell…one of them has to do with her smuggling of explosives. She had them in her basket on her bicycle…the first time she was stopped and, as she said modestly, I was young and in my prime, so, well, she did her duty for her country…after that she got through with no problem when her mec was on duty…she also said she ought to be ashamed to admit it, but young Heinz was, well, not half bad… but as she said, he, too, was a victim of fate, wrong place at the wrong time…

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
7:18 pm

jo, it took me a long time to warm up to Emmylou.

Probably because growing up, and really to a great extent, even to this day, I can barely stomach most of the genre.

But I do remember, even as a youngster, loving this one.

To me, this was country music.

He loves his damned old rodeo
As much as he loves me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mIv6tmSBAA

josef

January 27th, 2012
7:19 pm

BRUNO

Got the SE

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
7:22 pm

Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a rightfully a legend, his catalog is gargantuan and a lot of it is pretty damn tasty, but damn you Jersey boys sure do love your Bruce!

From one of the most touching movies I’ve ever seen…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYLr9FtYtME

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:23 pm

SE again, josef.

Matti

January 27th, 2012
7:25 pm

JamVet,

I have a saxophone in the closet, and a pretty good ear. Think I should take it out and give it a try?

JamVet

January 27th, 2012
7:31 pm

Back in the day, I took this hot, wild little JAP to Atlantic City and we rented a car and went to see her family in Philly.

I had no earthly idea that it was such a cool city. Lots of happening neighborhoods with people out and about. Some here, rag on northerners, but the life in those cities absolutely blows away anything I’ve ever seen in Hotlanta proper, or in her sterile suburbs.

Kam, that Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes was smooth and hot at the same time. And that is rarely done.

Hell to the yeah, Matti. Can I watch? LOL!

But after all, I’m pretty much a country boy at heart and gravitate to that southern boogie woogie…

Now I’m a right outside your window
Honey, open up and let me in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikmoMnnMcfU

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:35 pm

but damn you Jersey boys

There’s something about growing up in South Jersey that stays with you, Jam. I’m sure that’s true of any area, of course. Overall, the terrain and the people are gritty. The opposite of glamorous, if you will. Yet, within that stark framework, there is a spare, fragile beauty…… South Jersey people don’t need a lot of flashy material things to be happy. That’s for the big city people. A nice, warm summer night and a couple of fatties, and we’re good.

Bud Wiser

January 27th, 2012
7:39 pm

Bruno

January 27th, 2012
7:39 pm

Now, if we could just get Newt to go on the David Letterman Show and let it fly with the sax like Bill Clinton did on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992, he’d be a shoo-in. ;-)

josef

January 27th, 2012
7:40 pm

ZamVet…

Elite Hotel was one of the greatest albums of all time to me…finally, could bring your country and bluegrass from out of the back of the record rack and put it upfront where it belonged!

a sampling…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGh67UOpfEM&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL96384FAE0058A986