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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Poster giveaway

In honor of Rahsaan's 76th birthday, I'll be giving away this commemorative poster:

 To enter, just visit the blog between now and next Sunday and leave a comment on any post with your name and email address.  On Rah's birthday, August 7th, I'll draw a name out of the hat to pick the lucky winner.  This poster was created by screen print artist JD Fanning of the Bearded Lady and is signed and numbered.
You can enter as many times as you want.  And I promise, I'm not clever enough to do anything crazy with your email.)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Geoff Dyer on Rahsaan

"Kirk was like an encyclopedia of black music:  he stored all this knowledge not in his head but in his body, not as knowledge but as feeling.  He had all but abolished thought and raised feeling to the level of active intelligence."  from But Beautiful, 1996 (North Point Press).