"In the film about you, you describe Glenn Gould as a ‘total neurotic mess.’ But how would you assess his playing?:
He’s an acknowledged genius in his absorption and his technical acumen in performing, especially the works of Bach. For starters, I want to tell you that I never heard him play anything beautifully, apart from Bach. His recordings of the Mozart sonatas are outrageous, and a slap in the face to serious musicians. If I had him here I would punch him.”
"He’s working on a Bach partita, not just playing it, but singing along in his swinging baritone. As he plays, he gets so totally, totally lost in the music that suddenly (1:57 from the top), smack in the middle of a passage, with no warning, for no apparent reason, his left hand flips up, touches his head; he stands up, and walks in what looks like a trance to the window. There’s an eerie silence. Then, in the quiet, you hear the Bach leaking out of him. He’s still playing it, but in his head, he’s scatting the beats. Then he turns, wanders back, sits down, and his fingers pick up right where his voice left off, but now with new energy, like he’s found a switch and switched it."
"Vocalist Ava Cherry, wearing only the skin of a 30-foot boa constrictor in advertisements for her new album `Picture Me,` seems at first to be part of just another musical marketing ploy."
On the surface it seems packaged, contrived. Round up the usual suspects. And with a name like `Ava Cherry,` who is Capitol Records trying to fool?
But Cherry, a South Side Chicago native, is for real. Her album has been described by Billboard as `bold` and `provocatively percolating,` and the first single, `Good Intentions,` has made a respectable Top 40 showing on the dance charts. The second single, the title song, will be released soon.”
1. David Bowie w/ Ava Cherry on the Dick Cavett Show
"From his first show in Chicago in 1972 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel declaring Tuesday "David Bowie Day" to mark the U.S. launch of the exhibition, we charted the glam rocker’s ties with Chicago, which included his relationship with Woodlawn native Ava Cherry.
'He loved Chicago. The audience here was very kind to him,' said Cherry, Bowie’s girlfriend back in the 1970s.
When Bowie was in town, he’d stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile, Cherry said.
Bowie never visited Cherry’s home near 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, where she still lives today, but she said that he did love the city as a whole.”
2. The Richard Pryor Show - “The Pips (without Gladys Knight)”
"Pryor’s art defies the very definition of the word ‘order.’ He based his style on digressions and riffs—the monologue as jam session. He reinvented standup, which until he developed his signature style, in 1971, had consisted largely of borscht-belt-style male comedians telling tales in the Jewish vernacular, regardless of their own religion or background."