Paul Winter-Jazz, World Music, and flying to the moon.

Paul WinterDo you know Paul Winter?

A lot of people know him without knowing him.

You’ll know him from one of three different reasons.

The Paul Winter Sextet was a cultural ambassador to Latin America for the United States State Department. They spent 6 months performing throughout Latin America and were greatly inspired by what they heard, especially the Bossa Nova music in Brazil.

On November 19, 1962, the Paul Winter Sextet set up on the stage of the East Room of the White House. Down the hall was the President, unable to attend because of the Sino-Indian War, between China and India. It was on that day a cease-fire was declared and the air support from the US that was on the way for India was called back. Although JFK could not attend, it is said he could still hear the music.

The first ever Jazz concert at the White House occurred at the invitation of Jacqueline Kennedy in her series of Concerts for Young People by Young People and 10- to-19-year-old children of diplomats and government officials attended. It was said the First Lady could barely sit still.

“Simply wonderful. There has never been anything like it here before.” Talking to the 23-year-old jazz sextet leader from Altoona, Pa., Mrs. Kennedy said, “I think it’s so great to see you up there.”-The New York Herald Tribune, Nov. 20, 1962

Other than the obvious first for a Jazz concert, the integrated band showed a change moving through society. The band had problems while traveling in places like Miami and even Utah when the Black members of the group were not allowed to stay in the same hotels as the others. The band would then move on until they found another place to stay, if possible.

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Paul Winter and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Paul Winter Sextet eventually became the Paul Winter Consort. If you are a fan of space, astronauts, or the Apollo program you may know it was his third album, Road, that was taken to the moon by the astronauts of Apollo 15. Two craters on the moon were named after two songs from that album, Ghost Beads and Icarus.

The song Icarus.

https://youtu.be/xbGGIBTnCXA
Icarus Crater

The Icarus Crater.

In 1971 the Paul Winter Consort struck gold in producer George Martin. The George Martin of Beatles fame. The he landmark album Icarus, which was released in 1972, which George Martin described as “the finest album I’ve ever made”

Paul Winter is one of the pioneers of what has become known as World Music. He combines music styles from around the world as well as including the sounds of nature, such as bird song.

Paul Winter

Here is the Paul Winter Sextet performing on the show Jazz Casual back in 1963, a few months after performing at the White House. The video is about 29 minutes long. Enjoy as much as you like. Visit Amazon for his music by clicking HERE.



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Dark Times

Dark Times by The Weeknd featuring Ed Sheeran.

Written by The Weeknd (Real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye from Canada), Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville (A Canadian Songwriter and Producer), and Ed Sheeran (From England).

Dark Times by The Weeknd featuring Ed Sheeran

Sheeran is one of my favorite artists. I enjoy the poetic style of the song.

Waking up, half past five
Blood on pillow and one bruised eye
Drunk too much, you know what I’m like
But you should’ve seen the other guy

This ain’t the right time for you to fall in love with me
Baby I’m just being honest
And I know my lies could not make you believe
We’re running in circles that’s why

In my dark times I’ll be going back to the street
Promising everything I do not mean
In my dark time, baby this is all I could be
And only my mother can love me for me
In my dark times, in my dark times

Light one up, let me bum a smoke
Still coming down, dripping throat
I got another man’s blood on my clothes
But it ain’t his fault, it’s the life I chose

This ain’t the right time for you to fall in love with me
But baby I’m just being honest
And I know my lies could never make you believe
Running in circles, that’s why

In my dark times I’ll be going back to these streets
Promising everything I do not mean
In my dark times, baby this is all I could be
Only my mother could love me for me
In my dark times, in my dark times

In my dark times I’ve still got some problems I know
Driving too fast but just moving too slow
And I’ve got something I’ve been trying to let go
Pulling me back every time

In my dark times taking it back to the street
Making those promises that I could not keep
In my dark times, baby this is all I could be
Only my mother could love me for me
In my dark times taking it down to the street
Making those promises that I would never keep
In my dark time this is all I could be
Only my mother could’ve loved me for me
In my dark times, in my dark time
In my dark times