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Month: November, 2013

Saturday, November 30th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor; Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005

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[O]ne must still have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.

—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Friday, November 29th

two takes

“Don’t Start Me Talkin'” (S. Williamson)

Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller), recording, 1955


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Bob Dylan, TV show (David Letterman), 1984


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There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.

—Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick

Thursday, November 28th

Food.

Family.

Gratitude.

Once a year’s plenty for most holidays.

Thanksgiving couldn’t come too often.

Dolly Varden, “Thank You” (For A While, 2013)

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art beat

Paul Strand (1890-1976)
Barns and Sheds, Louiseville, Quebec, 1936

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Wednesday, November 27th

serendipity

This I bumped into the other day on the radio.*

Salvatore Sciarrino (1947-), Piano Trio No. 2 (1987); Alter Ego Ensemble, 1999

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Paul Strand (1890-1976)
Abstraction, Porch Shadows, Twin Lakes, Connecticut, 1916

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*WKCR-FM (Columbia University), Afternoon New Music (11/25/13).

Tuesday, November 26th

alone

John Cage (1912-1992), In a Landscape (1948); Keiko Shichijo (piano), live, Amsterdam, c. 2009


This I could listen to all day, all week, all month.

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musical thoughts

I find that music is humans’ most advanced achievement, more so than painting and writing, because it’s more mysterious, more magical, and it acts in such a direct way.

violinist Christian Tetzlaff

Monday, November 25th

alone

Something quiet to start the week.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Palais de Mari (1986); Michael Hicks (piano), live, Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), 2006

His music, like Mozart’s, grants us access to an alternative world—one that’s clear, and light, and airy.

Sunday, November 24th

two takes

“The Storm Is Passing Over” (C. Tindley, D. Vails)

Detroit Mass Choir (Jimmy Dowell, Director), live, Detroit, 2001

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DeLois Barrett Campbell and The Barrett Sisters, live, 1982 (Say Amen, Somebody)

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Saturday, November 23rd

Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals) with Art Pepper (alto saxophone), “Past Forty Blues,” live, Los Angeles, 1981

Art never fails to captivate. But it’s hard to watch this without mixed emotions. He looks, to these eyes, completely coked up. The next year, at the age of fifty-six, he suffered a fatal stroke.

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[W]hen a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself.

—Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (reviewed by novelist Claire Messud in the Dec./Jan. 2014 Bookforum)

Friday, November 22nd

only rock ’n’ roll

The Dirtbombs, live, Birmingham, Ala., 2008

 
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musical thoughts

When I turn to rock ’n’ roll, I’m not looking for poetry. I go to poetry for poetry. Nor am I looking for brilliant musicianship. That I can find in classical music and in jazz. I’m not looking for roof-raising fervor, either. Gospel music gives me that. What I’m looking for when I turn to rock ’n’ roll is something I can’t find anywhere else—rock ’n’ roll.

Thursday, November 21st

spellbinding

Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri [bamboo flute]), Raga Bhimpalasi, 1991

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radio

Today, celebrating the jazz saxophonist’s birthday, WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is Coleman Hawkins Radio.

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The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

—Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Rambler (#2), 1750

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