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  1. Rest Easy Mom & Dad

    Hard to get my mind around two fundamental life losses so close together. Grace and peace...gather and hug the rest of those you love and share some stories-they always help.
  2. Best track you heard all week

    I'm sorry to admit that I've been totally oblivious to the music of Joe Henry. I've got the passion of a new convert. His new album, "The Gospel According to Water" is revelatory. I'm gobsmacked. Just bought seats to see him in Chicago in February and I'm so excited I can't sit still!
  3. Do you wear a watch?

    Addicted to the watch...just upgraded my Tag Heuer ( 6 or 7 years old) to an Omega Moonwatch....sorry...I'm a victim of conspicuous consumption.
  4. Michael Weiss All-analog LP reissue

    Also in for a signed copy. Good luck Michael.
  5. Once upon a time I thought multiple discs of Nat King Cole was overkill. Then I got the Mosaic Set at a decent price. Just pre-ordered the new Resonance LP set, and quite happy to do so.
  6. what are you drinking right now?

    Nice choice on the Tablas Vermentino...went through three cases of last years iteration. Probably my favorite patio/mid-summer quaffing wine of all time. My order this year goes in towards the end of July.
  7. what are you drinking right now?

    2016 Hirsch Vineyards of my perennial favorites.
  8. what are you drinking right now?

    I have a few K Syrahs from Old Bones, a Royal City, and a Skull...but these wines are mammoth. Two glasses and you need a nap. I have more stuff from Cristophe Baron at Cayuse than I can drink. And stylistically, I'm moving away from these wines. Even get to Chicago we can pull a few corks. I grew up in the Yakima Valley and lately I've been searching out Wash. Chenin Blanc for patio wines...someone 40 years ago planted Chenin Blanc in Washington for some reason, but I think theres only about 60 acres left. Bone dry, unoaked, and refreshing...reminiscent of loire chenin.
  9. what are you drinking right now?

    I find Cabernet does one thing well...that two inch rare ribeye...I have a cellar full of high end california pinot noir (which goes with everything), old vine Zinfandel, and syrah. I do love Paso wines, just not cabs...I'm on the list from Booker, Denner, L'Aventure, and Tablas Creek. I prefer my cabs from further north...Washington State like Quilceda Creek, Gramercy, Leonetti, and Woodward Canyon. I'm finding 15% ABV wines don't set well with my aging body...I do love Rafanelli, though they're impossible to get at retail...and I prefer their Zins to their cabs. Twenty five years ago Rafanelli was in my portfolio when I sold wine wholesale...entire state of NJ got 15 cases...and all pre-sold through the winery. That part of Sonoma...Dry Creek Valley is probably my favorite spot in the world We go to Healdsburg maybe twice a year. Paso is also a fun place to visit..great wine, beer, and olive oil.
  10. what are you drinking right now?

    Truth be told, 30 years ago I was seduced by Napa Cabs...but those wines no longer exist due to climate change...and I no longer find those huge reds have a spot on my table...but...I've had the '94 Dominus maybe 10 times in my life...I just purchased 6 bottles at auction for more than I'll admit...Close to perfection, but so are 50 year old Burgundies, 40 year old Barolos. Now I purchase one bottle of Dominus every year, along with 1 bottle of Ridge Monte Bello cab...and I pretend I'll live long enough to enjoy them...I won't. Your 2012 Dominus will drink well into the 2040's...I've got one eye looking for California cabs from the 1970's, particularly 1974...but they'll cost a small fortune. Cheers.
  11. what are you drinking right now?

    Dude, you're drinking Gramercy and'd be welcome anytime. Chicago's not that far...
  12. what are you drinking right now?

    Special occasion blowout pre-Stones concert...1994 Dominus and 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. On this evening the First Growth was edged out by the California wine which surprised all of us...if anything the Mouton is still developing and integrating it's tannin/acid/fruit. By the way, the '94 Dominus tops every other new world wine i've had in over 30 years of professional/personal tasting. Halfway between Napa and Bordeaux.
  13. Amazing to watch septuagenarians rock and roll for two hours. The Rolling Stones show was basically a greatest hits extravaganza, but that's probably what we want anyway. Surprised by the loudness, but loved it. Mick has so much energy. Ron Wood is a terror. Keith without makeup or dreads shows his age but still shreds the old lines. Charlie at 80+ is a drumming marvel and if i did see Keith offer a hand to help him descend from the kit I'll never say.
  14. The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. Another "bucket-list" item.
  15. The Tolliver set is favorite Mosaic Select. And thats a great price for a relatively rare set.
  16. Blue Note - Vinyl Me, Please Anthology

    Pre-sale starts today...1000 spots available...$230 for six vinyl albums, access to social media Facebook site, access to three podcasts and..."some extra surprises along the way." Sounds expensive, elitist, and overly curated.
  17. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    Seen Van 3 times in the past 3 years...and tickets to see him in Chicago in April. He never really engages with the banter. But the band is tight and largely jazz/blues/R&B oriented. He remains, IMO, a total original vocal interpreter of whatever he choses to sing. Goosebumps, tears, and loud cheers are my physical response. The man somehow manages to weave some magic sort of soul that speaks to me at a deep, subconscious level. For me, the experience is worth 10 times the price of a ticket.
  18. How's the weather?

    It warmed up to -16 this morning but the wind has calmed significantly. 30 MPH gusts Wednesday brought wind chill to -50 during the day. Cabin fever is rising...looking forward to Monday when high is anticipated to be 51.
  19. what are you drinking right now?

    2008 Dom Perignon, 2008 Roederer Cristal, Jacques Selosse NV Substance, 2013 Cedric Bouchard "Roses de Jeanne" Borloree, NV Cedric Bouchard "Roses de Jeanne" Vilaine for New Years Day. Five great bottles of champagne, five pounds of king crab legs, rare beef tenderloin sliders and six very good friends. A very happy new year 'y'all.
  20. The All Things Van Morrison Thread

    I like Van's latest "The Prophet Speaks"...but I'm still loving his double blues album "Roll With the Punches" a bit more. And my birthday present to myself in late April is tickets to see Van at The Chicago Theatre. Van in April, Stones in June...looks like a geriatric summer for me.
  21. New Woody Herman Mosaic

    I also have only a marginal interest at the moment for the music. But if I have learned anything over the past 10 years of my odyssey into jazz, I will in all likelihood move in that direction and kick myself in the butt for buying on the secondary market after Mosaic sells though their limited run. Basically a no-brainer. "Sold!"
  22. Mosaic CD Sets For Sale

    PM sent on the Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter set.
  23. New server and increased cost...

    Donation sent. Thanks once again, Jim for all you do to keep this place operating.
  24. Paul Simon

    Lucky enough to have seen Paul and company last month in Chicago on his self-admitted "retirement tour". He is traveling with the six-piece "neo-chamber" ensemble consisting of string-trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet. An interesting crossover from classical and pop on a couple of lessor-known Paul Simon songs. And he always has a kick-ass small brass trio to assist in those lively salsa accented tunes from the 70's. The voice? A bit weak and wavery on the first tune. But he settled in and seemed to grow stronger as the night progressed. A living legend who still seems able to bring it and enjoy doing it. The solo acoustic version of Song of Silence was worth the price of admission and managed to bring a tear to my jaded eyes. Dylan and Paul Simon are America's greatest living songwriters. See him while you can.
  25. Happy Birthday Stephenrr!

    Thanks...celebrated by spinning all four LPs of the Mosaic Bud Powell (better than I recalled) and a couple of Pappy Van Winkle rye Manhattans (doesn't get any better). Finally capable of filing for full Social Security. An "old-fart trifecta", I guess.