THE FINAL Sunday in the old calendar-based format, and there's a-plenty a-goin' on.
Single-day edition: pulled from the previous comprehensive edition (plus late additions and plenty o' pictures).
Since our calendar-based format ends forever on January 31st, when we change to a topical news / feature story format... AND, since we've updated the calendar listings throughout the month (as recently as today)... and it seems we should get all the mileage we can out of all this nicely-illustrated event mappery... and put it out there for you to enjoy a last tango... Here's the final Sunday of "the way things used to be."
Of course, what seals the deal is, TODAY IS "GRAMMY DAY." And since tonight's big broadcast won't exactly cater to acoustic or Folk-Americana music in any of its delightful richness and diversity of genres... it seems, once again, that means we need to do it. At least in terms of what's out there, being performed live tonight... as an alternative to the duplicated multiplicities of rap and hip-hop awards infesting your teevee and pounding on your sensibilities. So here ya go!
Oh, by the way... the rest of January is still there for you. Click the Jan 21 edition and spin your scroller like a slot machine to find the dates of interest. It's right here: January won't end when the calendar page turns.
Late sad news... Sunday, January 26, 2020...
KOBE BRYANT, basketball great, was killed today with eight others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Among the dead are his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, "Gigi." Everyone aboard was en-route to a youth basketball game at the academy he had founded. There were no survivors.
* In 2015, Kobe wrote a poem to commemorate his retirement from his sport. A fine reading, accompanied by still images, is posted on the BBC, HERE.
* Kobe's poem became an animated short film, for which he won an Oscar -- the Academy Award for "Best Animated Short Film" in 2018. YOU CAN WATCH THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM HERE.
* In addition, there are other shorts online with titles that seem like they will be Kobe's original film, but they are not. One is, "Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant," HERE.
* Three short films about his basketball career are HERE.
* The poet John Donne, who lived from 1572 to 1631, wrote:
"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
(Hear a dramatic reading by Orson Welles of the complete John Donne poem HERE.)
* We join literally millions of others in sending sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of all who lost their lives in the crash.
"Improvisation, it is a mystery. You can write a book about it, but by the end no one still knows what it is. When I improvise and I'm in good form, I'm like somebody half sleeping. I even forget there are people in front of me. Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god."
-- Stephane Grappelli (b. 1908, d. 1997), French violinist whose legendary music partner, guitarist Django Reinhardt, was born on Jan 23 (see the Guide's write-up on the latter, in the Jan 23rd daily intro.)
Today is January 26th. Since this year it is "GRAMMY Day," we celebrate the musicians, living and passed, who were born on this date.
Happy Birthday today to...
⊙ Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
⊙ Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
⊙ Anita Baker, American singer-songwriter
⊙ David Briggs, Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer
⊙ Tom Keifer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
⊙ Andrew Ridgeley, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
⊙ Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan violinist, composer, and conductor
⊙ Huey "Piano" Smith, American pianist and songwriter
⊙ Michel Sardou, French singer-songwriter and actor
⊙ Kirk Franklin, American singer-songwriter and producer
⊙ Kim Jae-joong, South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer.
In memorium to musicians born on this date...
● Maria von Trapp (b. 1905, d. 1987), Austrian-American singer, member of the family whose story is tunefully told in "The Sound of Music."
● Stéphane Grappelli (b. 1908, d. 1997), French violinist whose legendary music partner, guitarist Django Reinhardt, was born on Jan 23 (see the Guide's write-up on him, on that date.)
● William Hayes (b. 1708, d. 1777), English organist, composer, and conductor
● Karl Ristenpart (b. 1900, d. 1967), German conductor
● Norbert Schultze (b. 1911, d. 2002), German composer and conductor
● Jimmy Van Heusen (b. 1913, d. 1990), American pianist and composer
● Anne Jeffreys (b. 1923, d. 2017), American actress and singer
● Jacqueline du Pré (b. 1945, d. 1987), English cellist
● Patrick Dewaereh (b. 1947, d. 1982), French actor and composer
● Andy Hummel (b. 1951, d. 2010), American singer-songwriter and bass player
● Jupiter Apple (b. 1968, d. 2015), Brazilian singer-songwriter, film director, actor
Music industry figures...
□ Henry Jaglom, English-American director and screenwriter, his work includes film musicals.
■ Eddie Barclay (b. 1921, d. 2005), French record producer, founded Barclay Records
■ Akio Morita (b. 1921, d. 1999), Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony
☆ Bessie Coleman (b. 1892, d. 1926), early American pilot, one of THE first women aviators, she was the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native-American descent to hold a pilot's license.
☆ Louis Zamperini (b. 1917, d. 2014), American Olympian, runner and captain, known to our time by Laura Hillenbrand's biography book "Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," and the 2014 motion picture made from it, "Unbroken."
☆ Paul Newman (b. 1925, d. 2008), American actor, activist, director, race car driver, businessman, who co-founded "Newman's Own" as a nonprofit food brand that donates all profits to charity.
Wed-Sun, Jan 22-26; CONFERENCE / FESTIVAL (in New Orleans):
PRE-LOADED PLAYER OF FESTIVAL ARTISTS' MUSIC, at: https://www.folk.org/default.aspx
2 pm - “TOMMY” closing performance of a concert version of the rock musical, performed at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates CA
* The landmark work by THE WHO features hit songs like “I’m Free” and “We’re Not Going To Take It.”
* Pictured are "Tommy," age 6 -- Sebastian Bustamante; age 10 -- Gavin Kresser; and teen Tommy -- Cody Kelepolo. Photo by Melissa Mollo, Easy Reader News.
* Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm, plus Sunday at 2 pm.
* TIX, $70 to $35, at 310-544-0403 or www.palosverdesperformingarts.com
* Thu, Fri, Sat at 8 pm, plus Sunday at 2 pm features a talkback (Q&A with the casts, directors).
* This is both a Getty Villa Theater Lab Production and produced (staged) by Rogue Artists Ensemble.
□ Fri, Jan 24, 7:30 pm
□ Sat, Jan 25, 3 pm
□ Sat, Jan 25, 7:30 pm
□ Sun, Jan 26, 3 pm
* TIX, any show, $7, at: https://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/cowboy_elektra.html
* They may call it "Music's Biggest Night," but...
* Get on the the AFTERNOON live feed on their website before the few spots are filled and the latecomers are out of luck. THAT'S your only chance to see the acoustic, roots music, and classical Grammy recipients get their awards.
|Rebirth Brass Band (image, liveforlivemusic.com)|
☆ Jan 21: January won't end when the calendar page turns.
THE ABOVE LINK IS THE ONE FOR THE REMAINING DAYS OF JANUARY.
☆ Jan 19: "Top honor for Joni Mitchell amidst 35th annual NAMM Tech Awards' comprehensive recognitions"
☆ Jan 17: "News from NAMM, day one"
☆ Jan 12: "A week of concerts and events, before the news from NAMM" (A very photo-heavy edition)
☆ Jan 8: "Special edition: We're Already Against the Next War."
☆ Jan 8: "2020: Ch-ch-ch-changes, and what's happening out there in the land of Musica Acoustica"
...a here are a few from our fully-archived December editions...
☆ Dec 25: "Merry Christmas. A few words. A few pictures."
☆ Dec 11: "Greta Thunberg named 'Person of the Year.' Special edition"
☆ " Impeachment: What it is, what it means, where we go from here. Dec 10 2019 special edition"
☆ THE ENTIRE CATALOGUE of all past editions of The Guide is available (and searchable!) FREE, in our archive. If you don't see the navigation pane on the left side of your screen, just click "view web version" and it'll magically appear (along with the correct photo, art, and page formats that you've been missing if you don't see that left-sidebar.)
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove, play a round or two
of checkers, and we'll be along...
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"