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Month: December, 2018

Monday, December 31st

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor; Steuart Pincombe (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2018

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival, which began the day before Christmas, concludes at midnight.

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 30th

back to church

“Good Time in Zion,” live, Center Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C., 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 29th

sounds of London

NÉRIJA, “The Fisherman,” live (studio), 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, December 28th

sounds of London

Yussef Dayes (drums) and Alpha Mist (keyboards), with Mansur Brown (guitar), Rocco Palladino (bass), “Love Is the Message,” live (studio), 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

opening the window
I see the butterfly off . . .
into the field

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

Thursday, December 27th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin; Bella Hristova (violin)

first four movements, live (studio), Boston, 2012

 

fifth movement (Chaconne), live, Philadelphia, 2013

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival (until midnight New Year’s Eve)

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musical thoughts

On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.

—Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), on Bach’s Chaconne, in a letter to Clara Schumann (translated from German)

Wednesday, December 26th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; András Schiff (piano), live, London, 2018

 

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lagniappe

radio

WKCR’s Bach Festival continues through midnight New Year’s Eve.

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musical thoughts

If there is anyone who owes everything to Bach, it is God. Without Bach, God would be a third-rate character.

—Emil Cioran (1911-1995)

Tuesday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor; Hidemi Suzuki (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2017

 

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lagniappe

radio

One of my favorite musical events begins today: the annual Bach Festival on WKCR-FM (Columbia University), where it’ll be all Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve.

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musical thoughts

It may well be that some composers do not believe in God. All of them, however, believe in Bach.

—Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Sunday, December 23rd

sounds of Chicago

Pastor DeAndre Patterson, “To God Be the Glory,” live (Rev. Clay Evans’ 92nd birthday celebration, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church), Chicago, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, December 22nd

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Erik Satie (1866-1925), Sonneries de la Rose+Croix (No. 2); Reinbert de Leeuw (piano), live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

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