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Potato Head Blues

November 10, 2010

One of my favorites from the Hot Sevens.  Recently arrived as part of a mix-CD gift from my friend Hozan Alan Senauke (of Berkeley Zen Center and Clear View Project).  I had it playing this week when my friend Cat was over for tea, and we both looked at each other with a little jolt of recognition at the final, extra-long, lovely solo on this record, though I couldn’t remember the name of the song.

Last month, while Alan was over’ our place for our Working for Liberation retreat at the Fools (can’t believe I still haven’t written a full piece about that . . . dang), he noticed the two posters hanging in my room: one of Louis Armstrong and one of Billie Holiday.  And so he offered to make me a mix.

Jazz of this calibre is what made me first fall in love with music, for real.  It wasn’t until high school that I started staying up late into the night, listening to the same album over and over, letting it soak in.  I can still practically sing along to the entirety of Kind of Blue.

Much gratitude to Alan, a musician at the mind- heart- body- and community- level.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 12:37 pm

    Hi Katie!
    Finally taking the time to make it to your blog and do some reading. What a bright bodhisattva you are! I’m loving reading your posts, and had to comment on the zippy-ness and wonderful sounding track you posted – makes me want to grab my Louie and Ella and all that genre of music off the shelf! Thanks for the reminder of how much I too, love music from that era!
    Peace to you, and thanks for taking the time to blog! You’re so inspiring!
    Jeanie

  2. November 15, 2010 4:02 pm

    Aw, Jeanie! A marathon runner calling me inspiring? Garsh. :)

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sayin hi! Hope you had fun dusting off your jazz collection. A big hug from Fools’ Court.

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