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Month: July, 2014

Thursday, July 31st

Who needs coffee?

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994), Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Martha Argerich & Gabriela Montero, pianos, live

Wednesday, July 30th

sounds of Zimbabwe

Bhundu Boys, “Hupenyu Hwangu,” live, 1980s



reading table

Yesterday’s email brought this from a reader.

The Layers
by Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006)

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.

Tuesday, July 29th

summer in the city

DJ Spinn (Teklife, feat. The Era Dancers), live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 7/20/14




art beat

Danny Lyon (1942-), New York (subway), 1979


Monday, July 28th

Let’s start the week with something that jumps.

Dirty Projectors, “Imagine It,” live, New York (Silent Barn, Brooklyn), 2007

Sunday, July 27th

sounds of Chicago

Jessy Dixon (1938-2011), “I Am Redeemed” (J. Dixon), live, Chicago, 1999




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), New York (subway), 1980


Saturday, July 26th


Meredith Monk and Theo Bleckmann, “Hocket” (M. Monk, from Facing North), live, Santa Fe, 2004



musical thoughts

With the music, it’s about opening up space for people and making something that they can experience in themselves, in their own way. It could be memories. It could be that they feel more themselves when they hear the music. They feel more alive. They feel that magic. That’s what I’m trying for.

—Meredith Monk (interview, BelieverJuly/August 2014)

Friday, July 25th

summer in the city

St. Vincent, live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 7/19/14*




reading table

the scrawny pine, too
looks extravagant . . .
summer moon

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)


*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):

0:00 Introduction
0:45 Rattlesnake
5:39 Digital Witness
9:13 Cruel
13:10 Marrow
17:40 Every Tear Disappears / Shout (Tears for Fears)
22:16 Surgeon
27:35 Cheerleader
31:19 Prince Johnny
37:15 Birth In Reverse
41:10 Huey Newton
46:47 Bring Me Your Loves
50:52 Your Lips Are Red

Thursday, July 24th

Why not listen to something new?

Iva Bittova (voice, violin), Don Byron (clarinet), Hamid Drake (drums), live, Paris, 2008

Wednesday, July 23rd

Johnny Cash, live (Town Hall Party), 1958-59



art beat: more from Thursday night at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Czechoslavakia, 1963
Nationality Doubtful, through September 14th


Tuesday, July 22nd

only rock ’n’ roll

Gene Vincent (1935-1971),* Eddie Cochran (1938-1960, 40:45-),* live (Town Hall Party), 1950s


*Set lists (courtesy of YouTube):

Gene Vincent
1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. High Blood Pressure
3. Rip it Up
4. Dance to the Bop
5. You Win Again
6. For Your Precious Love
7. Rocky Road Blues
8. Pretty Pearly
9. Be-Bop-A-Lula
10. High School Confidential
11. Over The Rainbow
12. Roll Over Beethoven
13. Over The Rainbow
14. She She Little Sheila

Eddie Cochran
1. C’mon Everybody
2. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
3. Don’t Blame It On Me
4. Summertime Blues
5. School Days
6. Be Honest With Me
7. Money Honey

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