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Monday, March 12, 2012

DOS vs Duke Ellington

I've always enjoyed those youtube clips where a person has filmed themselves playing a version of one of their favourite songs. It's a strange and modern transmission. At their best these transmissions feel solitary and absent minded. One evening I found myself playing guitar alongside 'Portrait Of Mahalia Jackson' from Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite. What a gift to give oneself. I didn't perform so well, but first thought, best thought. Youtube has a filter where you can give your videos a "1960's" look, so in the spirit of a hipstamatic world I pressed the apply button. God bless Duke Ellington and his intricate thought forms. I'm sure Mahalia Jackson was moved.

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