Song of The Week

The quiet Beatle? 
The Beatle of spirit
and flesh
and some great music.

Last Week

In a perfect world, the best girls would go for the most talented guys.

Pop pap? Glorious? Should I admit in public that I really, really like this song?


The sweetest music you’ll never hear.

Right up there with food and water–Those Special Pop Songs.

Jazz for the 21st Century–the Esbjorn Svensson Trio. So worth the journey.  

A hopelessly happy jaunt into the 1970s– the sappy grin on the face of lead guitarist…

Noah’s dove, still searching for land.

A secular Israeli prayer for peace.

I there were going to be a secular soundtrack to Yom Kippur, it would have to be Bach’s Cello Suites.

1966–when Paul Simon mistook Jeff for Art and gave away that unforgettable…

Want to know what’s new in music? Check out what Jacob Collier’s been doing for the previous couple of months.

The 20th anniversary of 9/11, Erev Yom Kippur, and a spookily prophetic 1964…

My favorite May-December clip. A man and a woman and the electricity between them. Ah, Brasil….

This is what the kids call, I believe, a “mind-fuck.”
You hear it, you see it, but…

“Thank you so very much for your wonderfully eloquent and engaging posts. They not only bring back so many memories of the music of my misspent youth,

but deepen my understanding and appreciation of the universal interconnections that music creates. It’s always a joy to read – so thank you for writing with such love.”

 Linda (292: My 10 Life-Changing Albums

“Jeff, this is such brilliant writing. It deserves a huge audience. I just love your sense of humor and we really need one now.”

Judy Labensohn (247: Perry Como, ‘Kol Nidre’)

I stumbled on to your website and that cost me almost the whole rest of my weekend. Can’t say I have yet read all your posts,

but is has been a tremendous experience and often a trip down memory lane, to read your very well written and insightful comments. Many, many thanks.”

Jan dalhuisen (261: Kurt Elling/Sting, ‘Practical Arrangement’

You sound like someone who has an unhealthy relationship with both women and himself.”

Stephen Linhart (272: Vilray, ‘Do Friends Fall in Love?’ with Rachael Price)

“Once again I feel like we may be identical twins separated at birth.”

Jeffrey C. Apfel (260: David Crosby/Joni Mitchell, ‘Yvette in English’)

“Your blog is in my RSS reader. When a new post comes out, I drop everything and come here and read and listen and think and sometimes shed a few tears.
Thank you for this. It’s magical. Worth the extraordinary effort you put into it.”

Seth Godin (163: Joni Mitchell, ‘For Free’)

“This post brought some tears of happiness to my pandemic-weary eyes this morning.”

Elizabeth (229: The Beatles: ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ (“Rubber Soul”)  

“Thank you for your insight, Jeff !” —Bill Evans’ widow,

Laurie Verchomin (124: Bill Evans, ‘Nardis’)

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