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Month: December, 2015

Monday, December 21st

Why start the new week with the same old stuff?

Julia Wolfe (1958-), Believing (2001); Bang on a Can All-Stars, live, South Korea (Tongyeong International Music Festival), 2014

 

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art beat

Regular readers may recognize this drawing, which was posted last year. The artist is a client of mine, Walter Unbehaun, a seventy-something bank robber whose story is told in the January issue of GQ magazine (Kathy Dobie, “The Curious Case of the Homesick Bank Robber”). This drawing makes an appearance:

[H]e’d created a strong bond with his lawyer. He considered ‘Rich’ a friend, giving him two finely wrought pencil sketchings. One was of an ancient and deeply wrinkled Peruvian woman, the other of a plump African woman wearing glasses.

Walter Unbehaun, African Preacher (Kankakee County Jail, 2014)

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Sunday, December 20th

 old school

Mighty Clouds of Joy, “I’m Glad About It,” live, Houston, 1967


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musical thoughts

Sometimes I have good nights, and sometimes I have bad nights. One never knows.

—tenor saxophonist, and MCOTD Hall of Famer, Von Freeman (1923-2012)

Saturday, December 20th

alone

Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-), Hommage a Steve Reich (1982)
Hans Ludemann (piano), live, Germany (Cologne), 2012


Each time I listen to this, it sounds different.

Friday, December 18th

lucid, adj. translucent, pellucid, clear. E.g., Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
Ensemble Intercontemporain with Synergy Vocals, live, Paris, 2014


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reading table

the door latch
rusting scarlet . . .
winter rain

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

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Thursday, December 17th

more

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Art of Fugue (excerpts)
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano

Wednesday, December 16th

sweet soul music

D’Angelo & The Vanguard, “Ain’t That Easy”
Live, Netherlands (Rotterdam), 2015


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musical thoughts

Like music, baseball is the universal language.

Joe Torre

Tuesday, December 15th

Has anyone played Bach—or anything else—more searchingly?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 4 in D major
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano

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Musicians wrestle everywhere –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)

Monday, December 14th

This I turned to late yesterday afternoon, amidst darkness and rain and news of a neighbor’s terminal illness. I’ve been living with this piece for forty-some years, and it has never let me down—never failed, whatever the circumstances, to make life seem lighter, brighter, more porous, more spacious. Never.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello; Mischa Maisky, cello

Sunday, December 13th

Hearing this voice, from a gone world, gives me goosebumps.

Vera Hall, “Death Is Awful,” live, Livingston, Ala., 1939

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Saturday, December 12th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Heather, live, Chicago, 2015


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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Interchanged, 1955

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