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Sunday, November 27th

back to church

Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church Choir (feat. Donishisa Ballard), “Stretch Out,” live, Chicago, 2010


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lagniappe

random thoughts

The four most important words in the English language: How can I help?

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Saturday, November 26th

sounds of Christchurch*

Roy Montgomery, “Five Bears,” 2016

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lagniappe

reading table

The way “The Tennessee Waltz”
is about having heard

“The Tennessee Waltz”
before:

an almost floral
nostalgia,

is what we call
beautiful.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), “Overhearing,” fragment (Veil: New and Selected Poems)

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the beat goes on

2,500 posts—and counting.

*New Zealand.

Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011


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lagniappe

reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, November 24th

Happy Thanksgiving!

What am I thankful for?

That I live in a world of sound.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonata in B-flat major, 2nd movt.; Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), live, Princeton, N.J., 1993

 

Wednesday, November 23rd

sounds of Glasgow

Richard Youngs, “Back from a World Changing,” 2016

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Sally Mann (1951-), Deep South, 1998

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Tuesday, November 22nd

sounds of Chicago

Here’s one of my favorite drummers, leading his own band, playing his own compositions.

Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights, live, Germany (Dortmund), 2015*


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Untitled (Hôtel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957

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*MZ, drums, compositions; Dave Rempis, saxophones; Emil Strandberg, trumpet; John Dikeman, saxophones; Kent Kessler, bass.

Monday, November 21st

passings

Sharon Jones, singer, May 4, 1956-November 18, 2016

With the Dap-Kings, live, Seattle, 2016


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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Sunday, November 20th

passings

Leon Russell, singer, songwriter, piano player, April 2, 1942-November 13, 2016

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” (C. Martin, C. Gabriel), 2013*


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*Recorded in tribute to Sherman Halsey (video director and producer, artist manager).

Saturday, November 19th

passings

Mose Allison, singer, songwriter, piano player, November 11, 1927-November 15, 2016

Talking, singing, playing (Mississippi Blues Commission, 2015)

 

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Pete Townsend, Georgie Fame, Elvis Costello talking about “Parchman Farm”


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“Parchman Farm” (M. Allison), 1957


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NEA Jazz Masters Tribute, 2013

 

Friday, November 18th

only rock ‘n’ roll

La Luz, live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2014

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Descending Geese, c. 1830

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