Free stuff Monday

These aren’t really giveaways, unless I give something away, or at least that’s what I’m thinking, so I’ve changed what I’m calling this series. Still I want to give you links to the stuff I enjoyed throughout the week.

Flux and Flow’s blog has lots of great stuff. She shares her play lists here:

Her playlist is helpful because I need some guidance to know what to listen to. I have not changed my music in way too long.

Here’s an incredibly beautiful emotional song by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu for free:

Here is information about the artist:

And last but not least, there is a new album out today by Aussie alternative rocker Courtney Barnett. You can get the new album in the cloud for free if you are an Amazon prime member.

Here’s an article about her;

Have a great Monday/Tuesday!

3 (music plus poetry) reasons to love Manhattan

Attend concerts for 15 bucks at The Manhattan School of Music on Sundays:


Amazing musicianship.

The Institute of Musical Art, which became the Juilliard School, once occupied this building on the upper (upper) West side. When Juilliard moved to Lincoln Center in Midtown, The Neighborhood Music School, which was located on the East side, moved into the building and became The Manhattan School of Music.

It’s a wonderful building. Three buildings altogether, actually. Above a stairwell in the oldest part of the building, the evening light filtered through a circle of stained glass with the name and logo of the Institute of Musical Art.

The concert was held in the John C. Borden Auditorium.


Also on the upper West side, Smoke Jazz and Dinner Club, has all the atmosphere of a smoky jazz club without the cigarettes (hooray).

Our dinner table
Your dinner table awaits you

The show was fantastic, absolutely. Tribute to Pepper Adams ( The experience doesn’t come cheap: over a hundred, but worth it. The acoustics very good, proximity amazing. Ballads and sung poetry directed to you.

Alexis Cole
Alexis Cole


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George Mraz on bass

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Ms. Cole collaborated with poet (and performance poet), Barry Wallenstein (, to translate e.e. cumming’s [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] into jazz lyrics. Unbelievably beautiful. Do check out this wonderful poem: