This voice I could listen to all day, even if I didn’t understand a word of English. He doesn’t speak—he sings.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), “I Have a Dream,” Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963
Another take, with Max Roach (1924-2007, drums).
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke, Paul Foster), live, Los Angeles, 1955
“I Have a Friend Above All Others,” “Be With Me Jesus”
“Nearer My God to Thee”
a while ago, off the coast of Maine
must be kept empty
so that anything
—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”
tonight just outside Chicago
They’re playing at a small club (Fitzgerald’s).
With Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), “Don’t Worry Baby” (C. Rosas, L. Perez, T. Burnett), live, Austin, Tx., 2018
“La Bamba” (trad. adapted by R. Valens), live, Watsonville, Calif., 1989
One-word review: Wow!
Fay Victor (vocals), Baba Israel (vocals), Marc Ribot (guitar), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Kris Davis (piano), live (Celebration of the Life of Steve Dalachinsky), New York (Winter Jazz Fest), 1/11/19
other day, Chicago
I speak across the vast
Dialogues in which we go
To clench my words against
Time or the lack of time
Hoping that for a moment
They will become for me
A place I can think in
And think anything in,
An aside from the monstrous.
This is no other place
Than where I am, between
This word and the next.
—W. S. Graham (1918-1986), from “The Dark Dialogues”