In Between Posts Interlude — The Little Willies performing “Jolene”

As promised, posts are in draft and will be rolling in on a host of project management issues.  For now, however, here is the band The Little Willies, composed of Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and the incomparable Norah Jones.  (And, yes, despite the assertion on the new FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll many of us really do note the names of the rhythm section).  These nouveau New Yorkers started up the band after a gig that was booked at the Living Room on New York’s Lower East Side where they enjoy playing classic country and Americana.  I can’t find a website, but you can view their biographies and discography here and a Facebook page here.  Here they are performing Dolly Parton’s classic song, “Jolene.”

Saturday Music Interlude — Anoushka Shankar featuring Norah Jones performing “The Sun Won’t Set” and “Traces of You”

The beautiful song “The Sun Won’t Set” has come back to me from time-to-time during both happy and challenging moments.  Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones are half-sisters, having in common their father, the legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar.  Shankar died at the age of 92 during the making of the album that comprise these songs.  The album, Traces of You, is up for the Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category.  Traces of You is a song cycle that reprises the cycle of life.  Jones collaborates with Shankar on three songs, providing an occasional narrative voice between ten emotive instrumental songs.  Given that it was given birth during a very difficult and painful time in the life of Ms. Shankar, Traces of You, as with most artistic work, moves into the category of being a merely good to a great album, reflecting the turmoil, pain, love, and hope that she apparently experienced at the time–transcending pedestrian concerns into ones that are insightful and empathic.

Rolling Stone has an interesting interview with Jones regarding the album and the experience of performing with her sister.  Sadly, there are no video recordings of “The Sun Won’t Set.”  The audio recording, however, is all you need.  “Traces of You”, which follows, shows the comfortable interplay between Shankar and Jones.