Amadeus to Jimi: Top Five Wish List Concerts

I can think of a few greats I wish I had seen live on the concert stage.

5. The Clash – fresh off recording the album of all albums, London Calling.bob-gruen-clash-boston4. Louis Armstrong – the voice and trumpet with Ellington or Fitzgerald…anybody at all!copenhagen1933_540x2603. Amadeus Mozart – conducting The Marriage of Figaro on the Vienna stage. tumblr_mm3ulpVJ0Z1qfj8xgo1_r1_12802. John Coltrane – the grand master saxophonist at The Village Vanguard.John Coltrane playing during a jazz concert, c. 1960s.1. Jimi Hendrix – the voodoo child from his marvelous distant land…live at Monterey.MontereyPop1967_28

Survival Guide: An Upward Turn

As you start to adjust to the imminent end – now just three days away – your life should become calmer and more organized. You are in the upward turn. (That was quick!) Your physical symptoms lessen, and your depression begins to lift slightly. The closing of Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro just might be, as artist Ragnar Kjartansson suggests, the most beautiful minutes of music ever recorded. Put it on a loop and listen again and again. Phone 167Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is an absolute treasure, combining sophisticated story-telling with joyous detail and wit. I guess my point is, we’ll eat tonight, and we’ll eat together. And even in this not particularly flattering light, you are without a doubt the five and a half most wonderful wild animals I’ve ever met in my life. So let’s raise our boxes – to our survival. mrfoxThe Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is also something to behold. It’s short and lovely and there’s pictures too. All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.princeIt’s time to get out there and do something active. Ride a bike, go for a walk or a swim, do anything but a run. That’s bad for your knees and hips.