Soundtrack for a man in a box trying to escape.
Ab Baars (tenor saxophone), “Asor,” live, Amsterdam, 2014
I thought that you were an anchor in the drift of the world;
but no: there isn’t an anchor anywhere.
There isn’t an anchor in the drift of the world. Oh no.
I thought you were. Oh no. The drift of the world.
—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The World”
sounds of Flint*
Tunde Olaniran, “Namesake,” 2016
he takes a tumble . . .
—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue
Tank and the Bangas, live (“Boxes and Squares,” “Quick,” “Rollercoasters”), Washington, D.C., 3/6/17
Chuck Berry, October 18, 1926-March 18, 2017, guitar player, singer, songwriter
“Roll Over Beethoven” (C. Berry), live (TV show), France, 1958
the beat goes on
2,600 posts—and counting.
Steve Reich (1936-), Mallet Quartet (2009), So Percussion
At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.
—Thom Gunn (1929-2004), “On the Move” (fragment)
sounds of Mali
Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002
What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.
—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major (“Coronation”); Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Friedrich Gulda (conducting, piano), live, 1986
How I wish I’d been a painter . . . that must really be the best profession—none of this fiddling around with words—there are a couple of Daumiers at the Phillips that make me feel my whole life has been wasted.
—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter, 1977