Recently, much beloved song writer and singer John Prine died of COVID-19 complications–leaving us a wealth of music we might not have without the United States Postal Service (USPS). Just another point to be considered by those talking blithely about eliminating this vital service which brings us packages that keep us going, especially in these uncertain times; and ,faithfully delivers news of the world everyday. Apparently, John Prine thought up some of his first songs while working as a mail carrier for the USPS. Here is a live performance of “Souvenirs” from Sessions at West 54th (5:24).
For those unfamiliar with the music of John Prine:
“Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.” — Bob Dylan, American Singer-Songwriter
“He starts slow. But after a song or two, even the drunks in the room begin to listen to his lyrics. And then he has you.” — Roger Ebert, Film Critic
Morten Lauridsen is a composer of choral music inspired by the beauty of life on Waldron Island, north of Seattle. Open Spaces shares this link to his music with no connection to him or his projects other than appreciation and a wish to share the beauty and peace of his work.
Wynton Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. One example is this performance with pianist Marcus Roberts for the BET (Black Entertainment Television) children’s show, Story Porch (3:27).
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