Does Your House Have Lions?

"One day in the late sixties, I was on the phone with Rahsaan and mentioned to him that just that day I bought a house.
He responded by asking, "Does your house have lions?"
I said, "What?"
He said, "Lions, you know like in front of a museum or the post office. You know, concrete lions. My house has lions. Get a house with lions."

--Joel Dorn

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This just made my day.....

Rahsaan in Montreaux, 1975..............
Very humorous moments on the bandstand....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz_ewIVcMtM

Black Classical Music

An incredible example of Rahsaan's amazing power especially as he goes into non-stop breathing towards the end. Lovingly introduced by Quincy Jones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0JJmwq7KXQ

Friday, April 24, 2009

Your favorite Rahsaan song.....

I'm curious, what's your favorite Rahsaan song? And why? (and when and where, if applicable)....

If I had to pick a favorite, it would be "The Inflated Tear". That's the first song I ever heard of Rahsaan's and it's the one that sent me on a quest to find out more about him, which eventually led to me writing a book about him. He surrenders himself so fully in that song that it becomes timeless.

Vintage

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8sxut_rahsaan-roland-kirk-newport-jazz-fe_music

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Broken for You

About a month ago I read a great novel, "Broken For You" by Stephanie Kallos. I loved her writing, and loved the story, and best of all I loved the fact that she mentions Rahsaan twice! Seriously, I could not put this book down. One of my favorites of all times and I will be reading it again.