I'm Lindsay and I started to this blog in 2010 to try and pay off my credit card debt. (I finally managed it in late 2012!) I set a budget for every year. They've gone as follows: spending no more than $30 on any single clothing item, spending only a $100 per month, and budgeting $1,200 for the year that I could spend whenever I liked. I've never once broken the rules! In 2013, I have a $1,000 budget. Questions/Concerns can be addressed care of firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me! @30dollarproject for outfit updates and @LindsH for the various musings of my everyday life.
When I was a boy I’d hear “Take the ‘A’ Train” and dream about taking the “A” train; now I live in New York and I can actually do it. This is Charles Mingus’ mid-60s band doing the Billy Strayhorn tune, which was the signature of Duke Ellington’s band. Eric Dolphy plays with Mingus here. He takes the bass clarinet solo. What a pairing. Something amazing about watching these people standing so close to each other and making this incredible music with their bodies. Eric Dolphy died a few months after this was shot. He was 36. Shortly after, Mingus released a live album featuring this band, and it had only two tracks. One was called “So Long Eric” and the other was called “Praying With Eric”.
Once, one of my college professors came to visit me in New York. When we were on the A train, she told me about how much she loved this song and now I think of it whenever I take the A.
I love how Bryard’s piano solo sounds so old-timey, for want of a better description. Then Mingus comes in and it sounds like the bad acid has kicked in. Mingus’ look of disgust when everyone comes back in on the wrong beat is priceless too.