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Laurie Anderson's music isn't the kind I typically load up on the big stereo system and rock out. Although, her amazing concert film Home of the Brave I would. To me, Laurie Anderson is infinitely more entertaining when I can watch her.

Call it avant-garde, experimental, modern, performance art - whatever label fits your mode of thinking best. I include Laurie Anderson in a group of musicians that create what I like to think of as intellectual music. She and musicians such as Philip Glass, John Cage, and John Zorn combine elements of music with science, technology, and even philosophy that commands much more than just casual observance from an audience.

I've been a fan of Laurie's since I saw the video for Sharkey's Day back in the early days of MTV. I gained a much larger appreciation for her when I studied her art in college.

Today's clip features Laurie performing Only an Expert from her new album Homeland on the David Letterman show. As always, the clip is available in the big player on my Music Video page. Enjoy!
 
World Music
The title World Music is about the most apt and concise title I've ever seen for any television show. World Music features music from all over the world: nationalistic, regional, traditional, cultural fusion, jazz, rock, rap... just about any style and genre you can think of can be found in one or more episodes. I've seen Mexican polka versions of Cheap Trick songs, Scandinavian traditional fiddle music, Oriental opera, and Czech folk music.

The accompanying video of clips features a wide variety of music from just a couple of episodes. The video repertoire consists of everything from Western-influenced MTV style music videos to shaky amateur shots of live performances to elaborately choreographed stage shows. World Music is about the best example of a wider view into the world of music outside of American pop culture that I've ever seen.

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Bill "Blue-tip" Cosby
My favorite The Cosby Show episodes were always the ones that featured music. And there were a lot of them. Many of the classic episodes featured the cast lip-synching to Ray Charles, sitting in the living room with B.B. King, or hanging out in the studio with Stevie Wonder. Anyone who knows anything about the venerable Dr. William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. knows he is a jazz aficionado, and he regularly featured great musicians such as Tito Puente, Art Blakey, and Percy Heath on his hit show.

In my experience, most lovers of good jazz have at least something of a musician inside them. Dr. Cosby is no exception. This clip from The Dick Cavett Show gives us a glimpse into Bill Cosby's early career as a jazz drummer.

You can watch the video in the big player on my Music Video page. Don't forget to check out the other great clips you can find there!
 
Can't Get Enough Ray
Ray_Charles_You_Dont_Know_MeI finally caught the great Ray Charles' second appearance on Hee Haw. Today we have an unprecedented two video addition to the Music Video playlist. First, Ray delivers his soulful interpretation of Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold's hit You Don't Know Me. Secondly, Buck Owens joins Ray again for Buck's Together Again.

I've already said all I need to say about Mr. Charles in my first article, and explained my admiration for Buck Owens in another article. So I won't say no more.

Head on over to the big video player on my Music Video page to watch both of these great performances. And while you're there, check out more great music performances. Enjoy!
 
Fabulous Fukano Family
Eddy_Fukano_newThe Eddy Fukano emails keep rolling in. In fact, I can hardly keep up. Today, I have not one but TWO Eddy Fukano sightings to report!

The first comes from perhaps the ultimate authority other than Mr. Fukano himself. I received this wonderful email (slightly edited) from none other than Eddy Fukano's daughter.
I stumbled across your article and videos on the Yodeling Japanese, and the promo photo today.  I'm his daughter, and I have always loved that photo. The stage costume he wore in that photo is hanging in a glass case along with lots of other Eddy Fukano memorabilia in a country western bar in Tokyo.

A fan in California also contacted me recently and sent me another photo and 45 of SUKIYAKI...  I was in an airport a few years ago and felt a strange melancholy suddenly fall over me... when my brain finally filtered out all the noise and chaos, I realized it was my dad's song playing.

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