Monday, April 13, 2020

Music in the Time of Corona - Feel Good Links

It's been quiet at Dunitz & Company, to say the least. Most of our wholesale fair trade jewelry orders have been put on indefinite hold and, with stores shuttered, new orders are not coming. If you're looking to purchase any fair trade jewelry direct, you can. (I'm packing orders!)  During some of my idle time, I've watched and listened to so many feel-good music offerings. I thought I'd share some of my favorite discoveries here.

Chucho Valdes - and what an amazing jazz pianist he is.  I first saw him perform when I went to Cuba in 2000 for the Havana Jazz Festival. Years later, I saw him perform in Los Angeles. And now I've been watching him 24/7 on Facebook. Valdes has been super generous with his almost daily presentations.  I think you'll enjoy the video performances he has shared with the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chick Corea - staying with the jazz theme.  Chick Corea has also been sharing lengthy Facebook live performances recently.  Sometimes he calls them his practice sessions.  He welcomes us to his workshop with lengthy performances. If you like jazz piano, get lost in his presentations.

NY Philharmonic - With this performance of Ravel’s “BolĂ©ro,” musicians of the New York Philharmonic send a message of gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. You might cry when you watch and listen

Patrick Stewart - #ASonnetADay  It's definitely is a type music. Stewart's voice and Shakespeare's words are a joy for the ears. He has recorded quite a few for us to enjoy during these trying times. And more are coming.

Dennos Museum Center - at Northwestern Michigan College has started the Live & Local Music Series which you can watch on, what else, but Facebook live. First up on April 6th was a wonderful show by May Erlewine. Definitely check out these wonderful performances. And when we're all out of quarantine, go visit this wonderful museum. And - well, I have to say, they also sell Dunitz & Company fair trade jewelry in their gift shop.


Keith Urban - No more a secret. I sort of dig Keith Urban. He has shared a few lengthy performances you can access from his Facebook page. You might enjoy watching and listening too. And his wife, Nicole Kidman makes us know that she is definitely around.  

Norah Jones - one of the must sultry and beautiful voices of our generation. Check out her Facebook live videos. Gosh she's great.

Zoe B Zak - is the rabbi from Temple Israel of Catskill. Her voice is angelic and beautiful. And she is performing and recording regularly during these challenging times. On one recent Sabbath, she sings songs some of us know, and some we don't. She sings and educates. A client and friend of mine turned me onto these recordings. On this and others, I am so thrilled to see Zoe B Zak wearing kippot from Dunitz & Company. Click here if you want your very own. You can also experience her virtual 2020 Seder.

Dave Mathews - I was lucky enough to see him perform at the Hollywood Bowl a few years back. Now you can watch his concert online which is part of Verizon's Pay It Forward Live series. Matthews performed on March 26th. But as I type this, you can still watch it. Other concerts are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings during Covid-19 days. Click the link above and you might find something else that interests you.


California Women's Music - Their Facebook page and subsequent Live performance was a fun discovery for me.  On Saturday 4/18/2020, a group of talented ladies performed for all of us, in an effort to raise donations to aid musicians who don't qualify for Cares act funds. ETHER Fest 2020. One of our favorites, Alexx Calise, an often model and positive voice for Dunitz & Company fair trade jewelry, sang a terrific set that you can find about 2-1/2 hours in. Enjoy.

John Fogerty - How fun to catch Creedence Clearwater Revival's frontman take us down memory lane in Rolling Stone's IGTV series, In My Room. In My Room is and will be featuring artists we know and love singing from their homes. How fun to see Fogerty's acoustic versions of  “Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising." His dog is pretty cute too.

Saturday Night Seder - Looking for a little Seder fun? Watch this compilation of performances from actors, comedians and musicians, many of them you'll recognize. Some share heartfelt stories from their youths. You're sure to identify with some of them. Others will have you in stitches. (Dan Levy had me on the floor laughing.) Ultimately this group hopes to raise money for CDC Foundation's Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. My favorite performance of the Seder was Ben Platt's rendition of Over the Rainbow, with a wonderful explanation of the song's origins from Judith Light.

Andrea Bocelli - It's truly amazing that on Easter morning, I enjoyed Andrea Bocelli's Music for Hope - Live from the Duomo di Milano with more than 2.8 million other viewers. How powerful is that? I couldn't snag a ticket to any of his past performances at the Hollywood Bowl. I feel lucky to have caught this performance. You can still experience it if you click here.

Are you starved for some good sounds? Perhaps you'll enjoy some of my favorites posted above. One thing is certain. There is no shortage of performances for you to experience online while you self- quarantine.  I'm so grateful to enjoy so many types of music. It gives me lots of options. Let me know what you discover online. Perhaps your favorite will become one of mine. -ND