It’s Labor Day 2018, and instead of playing outdoors or being at someone’s barbecue, I’m inside at my computer — by choice, I add. I have joy to spread.
This is the third in a series documenting a wonderful uplifting long afternoon out-of-doors, a Brice Moss Production featuring Tamar Korn, Evan Arntzen, Dennis Lichtman, Adam Brisbin, and Sean Cronin. Parts one and two can be savored here.
Tonight, if you are caught in homeward-bound holiday traffic, this music will keep you from feeling trapped. Just don’t stare at the screen, please?
Here are four more effusions of pure “It’s good to be alive.” (There will be a Part Four as well.)
CREOLE LOVE CALL (scored for two clarinets, and one Songbird — flitting gracefully between Adelaide Hall and Louis’ slide whistle):
The ancient favorite — DARKTOWN STRUTTERS’ BALL — which my father taught me before I’d entered kindergarten. Happily, there are no videos of my performances. But here are the Wildwood Ramblers — and stay until the end for a very sweet surprise (although if I have to tell you that, something’s wrong):
Some very good advice (with choral effects) even if you don’t have a Sweetie to Squeeze, GET OUT AND GET UNDER THE MOON:
and another moon tune — DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT:
The experience, then and now, makes me tremendously happy. I feel that if anything will save us, it will be joy. So drink deep (stay spiritually hydrated!) of what these blessed artists so generously offer.
May your happiness increase!