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Blue (Independence Day) Monday

This version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” isn’t as widely known as the one from the Woodstock festival, but it’s every bit as awesome in its own right. Better still, the cameraman (and the director) had the sense to focus as often as possible on what Jimi Hendrix is doing to the guitar. One of my biggest beefs with the Woodstock film is that Michael Wadleigh kept the camera on the man’s face instead of his hands.

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Blue Monday

I’ve written about this performance before, but this clip is just about the best merger of instructional words and inspirational music I’ve ever seen. It’s the celebrated Paul Gonsalves saxophone solo from the Duke Ellington orchestra’s 1956 stand at the Newport Jazz Festival. Read, listen, and have fun.

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