A Little You, A Little Me

Helga Davis fills in for Nadia Sirota this week on Nadia Sirota on Q2

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The streets of my Harlem village offer me the sights and sounds of the world. On my block alone, there’s a Mosque, a Baptist church, a Pentecostal church, a Masonic Temple, and The Church of Latter Day Saints right there on Lenox Avenue. The Senegalese drummers wake me at dawn each Monday morning with their dance, and their offerings give rise to the incense vendors who pause five times a day and offer the most beautiful music through the hum of traffic and cries of the sliced mango vendors from Mexico.

In the evening, the homeboys of the lowest slung jeans ilk rock the block from an old-school boom box carried in the jaws of a pitbull terrier named Doobie. We traverse through myriad genres: musical, cultural, linguistic to complete a holistic emotional journey each day. At night we marvel at the wonder of our union in this seemingly, un-sharable bed.

From this place, I am as moved by Abbey Lincoln’s heavenly view of mortal life, Down Here Below, as I am by measures fifty-eight through sixty-two of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. For me they are not and must never be separate conversations.

This week on Q2, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue when you’re actually feeling kind of blue, or dissolve into the steady rhythm of your own heartbeat inside the music of Steve Reich. Either way, you won’t have to choose. You won’t have to make one better or worse. You can, for a moment, have it all.

Hosted by:

Helga Davis

Comments [10]

Maxim Kaye from East 28th Street, Manahatta

I liked Jomama Jones. It was fun, and I thought the poetry was stunning. And just in case you are wondering (although I doubt you remember) when i met you after the show my friend was lying when he said my name was 'Robert' when we came to see you and Sonia Perryman and Bobby Halverson and Jomama Jones herself. Guess who was sitting behind us-David (yes 'The') Cote, and we exchanged wish envelopes. (That is also no lie.)

Jan. 22 2011 07:46 PM
ellen diamond from Manhattan

Dear Ms. Davis,
Huge thanks for Shostakovich tonight. In my "later years" I love what I formerly didn't and appreciate his willingness to express the fullness of his anger & pain. Thanks also for the lesser-known Satie -- instrad of Gymnopedies! Sometime can you play Poulenc's beautiful sonata for Flute & Piano? Followed closely by Prokofiev's? : - )

May. 23 2010 03:35 AM
Susan Schneider from Chatham NJ

Helga, thank you for the story of the little girl on the subway. I always love listening to your programming and your insights and stories.

Apr. 30 2010 12:29 AM


First, I love Alice Coltrane.

My good friend at WPRB, Marvin Rosen, brought me to Hovhannes. I enjoy at his music.

In fact, somebody on one of these comment pages said there was nothing written in the last 60 years worth hearing.

I gave him quite a list just going through my hard drive. Since I use first names, HIvhanness was near the top of the llist: Janabar, Shambala, and a couple symphonies.

Apr. 29 2010 09:44 PM
gary gach from up on the roof

thanks for the link, richard (helps too with nadia deprivation therapy) ... all kidding aside, helga's endeared herself illimitably to me this week ... for instance programming morton feldman as the silence after quartet for the end of time ... and then alice coltrane ... brilliant ! ... ... p.s. can't seem to get enuf of silvestrov, part, and hovahnnes [sic] ...

Apr. 29 2010 02:39 PM

Oops, sorry Helga, no slight intended. I love whjat you do on the program speifically and for Q2 in general.

Apr. 27 2010 06:14 PM

If anyone wants to see/hear Nadia, visit
http://www.bedroomcommunity.net/whale_watching_tour/. There a a number of good videos, the group sounds wonderful.

Apr. 27 2010 06:12 PM

Helga, great to have you back this week. Thank you for that thoughtful, compelling introductory comment to the Golijov this afternoon -- these perspectives you offer are always telling and much appreciated. Enjoy your week back with us Nadianistas, glad you're here!

Apr. 27 2010 02:32 PM
Vic from !

Eberhard Weber....(Where are you now?)
His music in classical ~ jazzy COLOURS should be played on Q2.
Yellow Fields, Silent Feet, Little Movements, Later That Evening, Fluid Rustle ~>
Such beautiful moments in time...
I remember
Eberhard Weber > Where are you now?

Apr. 26 2010 02:52 AM

MDD on Q2. Great. Might I suggest his "Concierto de Aranjuez" from "Sketches of Spain". It is still the best version of this Joaquin Rodrigo masterpiece. All we ever get is the John Williams version

Also, pleeeze, "My Funny Valentine", from (1956) The Legendary Prestige Quintet Collection Disc 3, 6 minutes. There are two longer versions in the "Plugged Nickel" set, but they are noisy, like in a club setting.

Apr. 25 2010 08:26 PM

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