Welcome to another Sunday Music Muse Day, and I'm finding that music is helping me get through the stressful political news of the day. So, here's some choice selections to ease the tensions of the day. First a new guitarist, at least to me, Roddy Ellias Monday's Dream. This was a random pick, a pure shot in dark purchase for me. The simple, understated CD cover design reminded me of an ECM cover. I like guitar trios, so, I decided to give it a shot, I'm very glad I did. Roddy's music, from the very first notes made me think of Ralph Towner, and checking a review online, it mentioned that very point. "If there are hints of Ralph Towner in Ellias' often abstruse but nevertheless compelling compositions, it's because the two share a commonality: the evolution of harmonic languages that make them unmistakable from the first notes of a tune..." (John Kelman - all about jazz) This is very nice, introspective outing. I hope I can find more recordings by him.