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November 16, 2016


i do not know Mose.

where do i start?

I did not know Mose either, thank you russell. But Leon Russell hit me hard, and as for Leonard Cohen, I had the most enormous crush on him (and his work) when I was 18, and shortly thereafter when I was on Hydra for a week, he bought me coffee and we sat and chatted in the harbourfront cafe - a very fine memory indeed. I saw him twice on his recent tours, and was very glad to. A most extraordinary writer, and singer, and man.

for mose I would probably start with the pretty good 'best of' collection from back in 1988. you'll probably recognize a couple of the tunes.

GFTNC, that''s a pretty amazing story about hanging with Cohen!

I know russell, one of the (my) best. I had approached him to say I was a great admirer, and had just finished Beautiful Losers, and he like the perfect gentleman he was invited me to come and have coffee with him. If I knew then what I knew later, from seeing documentaries of him on tour, and constantly having women throwing themselves at him, I would never have done it, but luckily I knew nothing of the sort, so have an exceptionally cool memory. It's not that often you get to meet any of your heroes.

Always sad but at 89 Mose had a fantastic run.

I heard Mose Allison in Hattiesburg when I was playing in the 1st jazz lab band in university, with this vague notion that I could play piano (I couldn't, I just covered the part cause there were no other pianists). I don't have many memories from the concert, (it was college, so there are a lot of holes in the narrative), but I do remember the effortlessness he played with.

Here's a tune that could be dedicated to the president-elect


Well, damn. I was a big Mose Allison fan Back In The Day (when I had several of his early albums on vinyl). Only got to here him once, nearly 50 years ago - aside: since he was older than I was then, and I'm now an old man, presumably he was even older when he died, so I should have been ready for it, but I'm not. He was the _least_ "audience-friendly" performer I've ever encountered, in that he mostly just sat with his back to the audience and played and sang. No banter, no effort to engratiate himself, no "Hello, DC" [for that was where we were], not even eye contact with us to make us feel like he was trying to communicate. You either came there to hear his music or you didn't; same to him either way, I guess. I suppose that's the "cool" Russell describes. Anyway, I was a little disappointed, but not enough to turn me off his music.

... and then somehow almost half a century passed and here we are.

I also heard Leonard Cohen once, just a couple of years ago, and he did _not_ disappoint as a performer, no way, no how. There's a video of him Live In London that is essentially the show we saw, albeit in Durham, NC. I think I've mentioned that he was only touring because his former manager had ripped him off royally, so he needed the money - which was a shitty thing for the manager to do, but a boon for music.

And now they're both gone. Except for the recordings and memories, which will last at least as long as I do, and probably a good deal longer.

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