Sunday, December 18, 2011

the christmas song

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
Charles Mingus (1922 -1979) musician and composer

there's nothing sweeter live music, especially when it is unexpected and delivered by talented street musicians - this fine fellow was creating a festive holiday atmosphere amidst the construction and bustle on a street corner near cleveland's busy west side market. what a joy to hang out, listen and chat between songs - his repertoire was filled with several of my favorite holiday songs.

friday turned out to be a jazzy sort of day. hours later f and i topped off our evening at one of our favorite local restaurants - which now is hosting live jazz every friday and saturday night -- the best part, is the restaurant is walking distance from our house!

today's mingus quote - it is wise advice and good mouse medicine for everyday life - wouldn't you say?

jason kendall on sax with his version of the christmas song (aka chestnuts roasting on an open fire).

the song, which has become a christmas classic was written in 1944 by mel tormé and bob wells. the song was first recorded and released in 1946 by nat king cole. according to the portal bmi reports that is the most preformed christmas song - and to think it was written on a blistering hot summer day!


Unknown said...

That's a beautiful & true Mingus quote! Wishing you all the joys of the season :-)

Gary said...

This is my favorite Christmas song and the lovely version you included here really sets the mood.

Rubye Jack said...

These photos give such a psychological sense of place. They're great. How cool to live so close to a restaurant that features jazz.

Watson said...

A wonderful quote mouse! And music.

Steve Reed said...

I do love that quote. And that's a great photo of the street musician. Are you supposed to put coins in his prosthetic leg? That's the most creative use of a prosthesis I've ever seen!