Peter Serkin, pianist, January 24, 1947-February 1, 2020
Live, Tokyo, 2003: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Rain Tree Sketch (1982)
Live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor, K. 540
yesterday, Chicago, Ill.
Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.
—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass
only rock ‘n’ roll
Bo Diddley (AKA Ellas McDaniel, Ellas Otha Bates, 1928-2008), “Hey! Bo Diddley,” “Bo Diddley,” live, Los Angeles, 1965
this morning, Oak Park, Ill.
There is still something I’d like to explain,
yet can’t be sure I’m ready yet.
Beside, we’ve done pretty well with the non-sequiturs,
and they by us, don’t you think?
—John Ashbery (1927-2017), from “Hierarchy of the Unexpected”