music clip of the day


Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)

Wednesday, June 21st


Just now, walking to the Art Institute of Chicago after lunch, I heard a man singing on the sidewalk. The voice seemed familiar. And the more I listened, the more confident I became that I’d heard this voice before.

Willie Barbee, today


clips posted the other day (May 29th)

Anna Clyne (1980-), A Wonderful Day (2013)
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Willie Barbee (pre-recorded voice)

Live, New York, 2015


Recording (Field Recordings), 2015


Tuesday, June 20th


Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, mvmts. 1-2 (Adagio, Fugue); Niek Baar, live, Berlin, 2016


Monday, June 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, 3rd mvmt. (Largo); Isabelle Faust, live, New York, 2013


Sunday, June 18th

gospel, n., adj. Good news.

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), “Amazing Grace” (lyrics by John Newton, 1725-1807), live


Saturday, June 17th


Hamid Drake (1955-; drums; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Fred Anderson (1929-2010, tenor saxophone), “Black Women (For Beatrice Anderson and Amelia Drake),” live (recording session, Back Together Again), 2004




art beat

Marc PoKempner (1948-), Theresa’s Lounge (Junior Wells behind the bar), Chicago (4801 S. Indiana), 1979

Friday, June 16th

50 years ago

Otis Redding (1941-1967), “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” (O. Redding, J. Butler), live, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967


Thursday, June 15th

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)


random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Wednesday, June 14th

like nobody else

Björk, “Notget” (video, 2017; audio [Vulnicura], 2015)

Tuesday, June 13th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

No matter how I’m feeling (down, up, whatever), listening to him leaves me feeling better.

Hamid Drake (drums), live, New York, 2015






art beat

Danny Lyon (1942-), Chicago (Uptown), 1965

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