Heliocentric jazz avant-gardist Sun Ra was born on this day in 1914. Hallelujah!

You could spend this life and your next one trying to absorb all of Sun Ra’s mercurial music and not succeed—but what an exhilarating challenge you’ll feel in the effort. One day I hope to have the vast amounts of time and money needed to dive headlong into Sun Ra’s catalog and make some sort of sense of it all. I guess one could navigate his huge, labyrinthine canon on YouTube, but experiencing the twisted majesty of Ra’s work on computer speakers is far from optimal. But it’ll have to do for this post.