Morning, lovelies. Some art & tunes.

A smile for your face and a hug for your soul with Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Mark O'Conner performing "Hush Little Baby."

P.S. I deeply recommend buying or listening to Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma's delightful 1992 album Hush, on which this song appears, and Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Conner, and Edgar Meyer's Appalachia Waltz (1996) and Appalachia Journey (2000).

And then have a slow, deep stretch for your mind, ears, and soul with Evgeni Koroliov's recording of Bach's sweet, gentle, playful, intense, passionate The Well-Tempered Clavier.

P.S. Bach is my favorite Baroque composer, for sure, and probably my favorite classical composer of all time as well. More interestingly, he was classically trained pianist Nina Simone's first and major classical influence. (I am making a Nina Simone mixtape and bio post that started as a Friday Night Jazz post last night, heh.) If you haven't given Bach much of a listen and would like to do so, I suggest beginning with his harpsichord concertos in the minor key, the Goldberg Variations, and Anner Bylsma's alternately languorous and rousing 1992 (not 1972) recording of Bach's six cello suites on the gorgeously toned Servais Stradivarius, which is housed in the Smithsonian and has only been featured on seven or so albums.

In the word's of Philthy Animal and Lemmy of Motörhead: Have a fucking weekend and don't forget to rock 'n' roll. And Hyvää päivää, a Finnish "good day" for your day, or, literally, in archaic Finnish and Finno-Ugric: Good sun.

Morning Rousings

Japanese Shinto Sun Goddess Amaterasu emerging from the cave in The Origin of Music and Dance at the Rock Door woodblock triptych by Shunsai Toshimasa (1887).