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Saturday, September 18th

like nobody else

This I return to again, and again, and again.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); S.E.M. Ensemble, 2000

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Friday, September 17th

sounds of New York and Medellín

J Balvin, live (“Vestido,” “Que Locura,” “OTRO FILI,” “F40,” “In Da Getto”), New York, published 9/16/21

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, September 16th

basement jukebox

Lee Perry (1936-2021), “People Funny Boy” (L. Perry), 1968

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lagniappe

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, September 15h

sounds (and sights) of Chicago

Avreeayl Ra (voice, drums, percussion, flute) and Ed Wilkerson (didgeridoo, tenor saxophone), live, Chicago, 8/23/20

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

September 14th

passings

Jemeel Mondoc, alto saxophonist, August 5, 1946 – August 29, 2021

New World Pygmies (JM, alto saxophone; William Parker, bass; Hamid Drake [MCOTD Hall of Fame], drums), live, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

Sunday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Monday, September 13th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Mind Maintenance (Joshua Abrams [guimbri, aka gimbri or gumbri], Chad Taylor [mbira]), “Glow & Glimmer,” 2021

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Sunday, September 12th

sounds of Chicago

Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Royal Voices of Life, live (“I Shall Wear a Crown,” “Like a Ship,” “Nobody Knows”), Chicago, published 9/9/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

It was not
for moon gazing I came
into Mount Yoshino
yet seeing it I grieve
over the sad world

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Saturday, September 11th

It was, I recall, a cloudless morning in Chicago, as it was in New York. I had a hearing scheduled in federal court, but then, after the second plane hit, court was cancelled. We sat in front of the television, unable to turn away.

William Basinski (1958-), “Disintegration Loop 1.1,” 2001

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lagniappe

reading table

Photograph from September 11
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.

There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.

They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just opened.

I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

Friday, September 10th

basement jukebox

Augustus Pablo (1953-1999, melodica), King Tubby (1941-1989, engineer, producer), “King Tubby’s Meets Rockers Uptown,” 1974

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, September 9th

like nothing else

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Enigma (2019); Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), 2021

Movt. I

Movt. II

Movt. III

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lagniappe

reading table

When I consider
how in this world
all is falling blossom—
what then must become
of this self?

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

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