Song of the day: ‘Solace’

Here you go: A near-perfect rendition of Scott Joplin’s beautiful Solace:

The segment after the brief pause (about 46 seconds into the song) is especially evocative — sad and pensive, yet hopeful, too. It’s the essence of the blues. But then, the story of Scott Joplin, an American genius who went unrecognized as such during his lifetime,  is the blues incarnate  — a man engaged in a complex, painful, joyful, improvisational, stubborn and, ultimately, heroic struggle with the tragic limitations of life.


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