Music for a Friday Afternoon: The Anouar Brahem Trio & Bruce Cockburn.

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Good Morning:

I like keeping a collection of music for my Friday afternoon work break. Something to unwind my mind and get in tune for the weekend. Somehow, someway, I recently blundered across a pair of instrumentals by Bruce Cockburn, a gifted songwriter and lyricist from Canada who has graced the airwaves of North America for almost half a century.

Unwinding Time on the Fire Escape. The beverage consists of seltzer water with homemade strawberry liqueur garnished with lemon. *Very* relaxing.

Unwinding Time on the Fire Escape, Watching the Darkening Sky. The beverage consists of seltzer water with homemade strawberry liqueur garnished with lemon. *Very* relaxing.

Cockburn is such a good lyricist that I never expected him to create instrumentals, but he has at least two on the magnificently titled 1999 CD Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu, “Down to the Delta” and “Deep Lake.” Another item for The Eternal To-Do List: scour every Cockburn collection for more instrumentals.

Another recent discovery: a 2001 CD from the Anouar Brahem Trio entitled Astrakan Cafe. When you need something to both intrigue your brain and at the same time calm it down after a busy week in the office, I can recommend virtually the entire collection. At this point in his career, Anouar Brahem is in serious danger of forcing me to create a list of Top Ten favorite musicians of all time and including him.

Which is not a bad thing.

Vonn Scott Bair

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