Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo - “The Time Is Now” (2013)
I didn’t know there was a Grammy award for best album [liner] notes. It’s been around since 1964.
Everyday’s a school day… Unsurprisingly, most have been won by writers of jazz album liner notes.
Yeah, it’s amazing that liner notes have emerged as a genre unto themselves. I still prefer the ones written by the artists, but I’ve come across some really interesting in-depth ones written by music writers and critics as well.
This song came on today while I was at work (not doing work of course, but scrolling through Tumblr). It was one of those things where I wasn’t paying attention to the music until the song was more than half way through and then all of a sudden I heard it and started listening. I clicked over to Spotify to see who was playing and saw that it was Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s “Seasons”. How fitting. This last week has been a lesson in accepting the seasons of life. Remembering and letting go knowing that all good things come back again. Rumi said “Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” This song reminded me of that. Thank God for faith and wisdom.
Perhaps it’s because I was raised by a music-loving mother, perhaps because I studied piano, cello, music theory – whatever the reason, my approach to prose is informed by my sense of sound. For me, notes tell stories; stories are melodies. No piece of music makes this point more clearly than Coltrane’s. Those first seven notes of ‘In a Sentimental Mood’ hit my ears like words, not notes. I shall never tell stories as well as Coltrane’s alto sax, but it’s my greatest joy to try.