3:16 am

En praderas de asfodelos
Tus grandes hilaturas tienden vivos

como nervios
recuerdos que van palideciendo.

Rasgas el tedio de las formas,

- voces y su escala finita,
muros cuadrilateros.

Todo lo previsible,
roido como una albarada,
rompe su trabazon.

Tus voces no retroceden

aunque el ojo se cierre,
y un grito quiera ahuyentarlas
del campo de lo conocido.

- Ditirambos (fragmento), Elsa Cross.

A collection of jazzy songs shaking my melancholic stereo at 3:16 am:

Noahlewis' Malon Taits - street of dreams
Arild Andersen Group - electra
Arvo Henriksen - holography
Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - morning prayer
Bill Frisell - the days of wines and roses
Antony & the Johnsons - bird girl
Bobo Stenson - send in the clowns
Miles Davis - sketches of spain
The MDH band - tom tom's dream

Photograph by Hans Speekenbrink.

Dedicated to my grandfather, probably the only person in my family that has ever read a non best-seller book and who will very probably never read this post.


  • At 3:17 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Well, that's a truly beautiful post.

    3:16 am???????

  • At 3:33 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    I'm thinking it was a typo. Would have been pretty cool though. Moka never sleeps...

  • At 4:18 PM, March 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    An outstanding selection of music - thank you from a melancholy Scotland shrouded in snow.

  • At 5:26 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    you're welcome, melancholic snowman, glad you liked them :)

    Makrugaik: lol, No it's not a typo, I do sleep but on weekends 3:16 am (or somewhere in between) is the hour I come home and listen to breathy music that calms down my inner demons. This songs have been on constant play in my stereo recently. I was going to post a song from Hugh Mazekela on this playlist :P, next post I'll upload one of his new album.

  • At 5:44 PM, March 06, 2006, Anonymous Luca said…

    Damn! I was going to ask you guys a few days ago if you could post some jazz tunes and you hit me with this pack of beautiful songs, I love you Thank you, lots of new, exciting finds in this post. Very moody... hey probably you knew this already but have you noticed the huge lineup behind the mdh band? Look at this: Bono (vocals, guitar, piano), Daniel Lanois (guitars, vocals, pedal steel), Brian Eno, (synthesisers), Jon Hassell (trumpet), Greg Cohen (bass), Brian Blade (drums), Adam Dorn (beats / synth / programming)) and Bill Frisell (guitar). They should team up for a non-soundtrack release, the million dollar hotel is one of my favorite soundtracks.

    truly grateful-
    Would it be terribly kranky to ask for more "jazzy" tunes in the motel?

  • At 6:55 PM, March 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    fabulous for a snowy day in the Midwest US.....my mood matches it. nice to have jazz in the posts, it really mixes things up, and thank you for sharing. *lalo*

  • At 7:01 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    Luca: yes the lineup for the mdh is quite something, they also had Mehldau collaborating with them on one song. I'll organize another jazzy playlist in a few days, this week I'll be too busy to post around here, but I'll do it.

    Lalo: you're very welcome... god, how I miss the snow...

  • At 7:52 PM, March 06, 2006, Blogger whowelling said…


    Just recently found your little motel. Are you my double? That hasn't been much posted here that I don't like. Thank you!

    Billy in Hawaii

  • At 3:19 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Ah! The weekend. Know that feeling. Looking forward to the Hugh post, I've been ignoring him so I haven't heard his new one. Good luck for the exams. Hey, South Africa won best foreign film at the Oscars! Yay!

  • At 7:48 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger K. said…

    Great jazz selections Moka...just realized you were not on my blog roll I need to fix that. Awesome yoga tunes as well.

    Keep up the great work.

  • At 11:11 AM, March 07, 2006, Blogger the fourth samba said…

    Yo, massive good look on the Kieran + Reid piece! I've been wanting to hear it for a while. Mega dope. peace

  • At 1:12 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    Billy: It takes more than music taste to double someone but I'm very glad to know that I am not alone when it comes to music :) Thank you.
    Makrugaik: YAY! Sorry for the delay on the guest post, I have my desk full of papers that I dont understand :(, will get to you the soon as possible.
    K.- thanks, I'll add you to the blogroll when I update the sidebar in a few days.
    A smile to the fourth samba, peace.
    See you around boys.

  • At 1:18 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Autres/je said…

    c'est très beau merci
    beaucoup aimé "bird girl" surtout !


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