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Monday, November 11th

This—more of this 12th-century composer—I could listen to all day.

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), O vis aeternitatis; Eleni-Lydia Stamellou, Aeterna Choir, Teodor Currentzis (director), live, Russia (Perm), 2016

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, November 10th

sounds of Chicago

Willie Rogers, “When the Gates Swing Open” (T. A. Dorsey), live, 2015

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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For all of life is really recoil and leap, leap and recoil.

—Lucy Ellman, Ducks, Newburyport

Saturday, November 8th

3n

John Escreet Trio (JS, piano, compositions; John Hébert, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums, vibraphone), live, Amsterdam, 2014

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Listen carefully,
Neither the Vedas
Nor the Qur’an
Will teach you this:
Put the bit in its mouth,
The saddle on its back,
Your foot in the stirrup,
And ride your wild runaway mind
All the way to heaven.

—Kabir (15th century), translated from Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Friday, November 8th

what’s new

Big Thief, “Not,” live (TV show), 10/10/19

 

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Another take.

Recording, published 8/13/19

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tread very gingerly; you’ve used up almost all the words.

—Lucie Brock-Broido (1956-2018), from “Lucid Interval”

Thursday, November 7th

From Buenos Aires to Helsinki.

Caterina Barbieri (modular synthesizer), live, Helsinki, 2018

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Reading is rapture (or if it isn’t, I put the book down meaning to go on with it later, and escape out the side door). A felicitously turned sentence can induce it. Or a description. Or unexpected behavior. Or ordinary behavior raised to the nth degree. Or intolerable suspense, as with the second half of Conrad’s Victory. Or the forward movement of prose that is bent only on saying what the writer has to say. Or dialogue that carries with it the unconscious flowering of character. Or, sometimes, a fact.

—William Maxwell (1908-2000), The Outermost Dream

Wednesday, November 6th

sounds of Buenos Aires

Sol Ortega (DJ), live, Buenos Aires, 2018

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, November 5th

sounds of Chicago

Howlin’ Wolf (AKA Chester Burnett, 1910-1976) with Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011, guitar), et al., live, Chicago, 1971

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, November 4th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), O Frondens Virga; Chanticleer, live, Russia (St. Petersburg), 2014

 

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a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Sunday, November 3rd

back to church

Swanee Quintet, live, 2017

 

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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In the summer of 1948, chance deposited my wife and me in the bleachers of a tiny one-ring circus playing under a tent on the outskirts of Florence.

—William Maxwell (1908-2000), The Outermost Dream

Saturday, November 2nd

what’s new

Bob Dylan, “Not Dark Yet” (B. Dylan), live, published 10/12/19 (10/19 audio; old video footage)

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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