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Morning Song/Evening Song: Janine Nichols

Time to introduce a new franchise with a simple premise: corner a musician and find out what he or she listened to before bed and after rising. Sometimes the tunes are deliberately chosen; sometimes they just bubble up as life is being lived. I’ve got requests out to several participants. Hopefully you’ll see responses every few days during the next few weeks.

First up is the forever enchanting Janine Nichols, she of Flutterbox and other ensembles (watch her stop time with Charlie Burnham and Brandon Ross doing “The Gray Funnel Line” above).  She is also a visual artist, making beguiling collages that you can see (and purchase) right here. Because she has a big heart, she gave us two days worth of responses. My thanks to her for kicking off this new deal. Take it away, Janine.


tUnE-yArDs, “News.”

This is one of my pal Hal Willner‘s current fave singers, so I was trawling her YouTube videos. Completely engaging. A secret African.

Aretha Franklin,  “I Never Loved A Man,” Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

It’s a demo, and it’s totally on top of the beat. It only got better. She’s a great, totally underrated piano player.

James Booker, “Black Minute Waltz.” It’s from Junco Partner (Hannibal), a record I love. How about those Saints? Everything in NOLA changed in one black minute.

The Louvin Brothers, “There’s A Higher Power.” Luck of the iTunes draw. Such gorgeous pitch and strength and snap and belief.

what’s your favorite morning and evening song? leave a comment.

Fess + Chopin = Spiders On The Keys

Always wanted to see Booker playing at the Mapleleaf (you know, like catching the minutemen in Pedro or the Dolls at Max’s), so I got my cash together and headed down with a pal in ’83 – first time in New Orleans. Hit a phone booth, dialed the club, and asked the dude what time the pianist’s weekly show began. “Sorry guy, JB died last week.”

Happy Birthday to one of the greats. “Classified” after the jump.

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