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Month: April, 2020

Thursday, April 30th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson II (aka Alex [or Aleck] Miller, 1912-1965, vocals, harmonica), “Help Me” (S. Williamson, et al.), 1963

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, April 29th

This I could listen to all day.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), compositions; ensemble 0, live, France (Pau), 2010

Fugue

 

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Suite

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, April 28th

A party summoning Django Reinhardt’s spirit is one I’d never want to end.

Marc Ribot (guitar), Alex Simon (guitar), “Dark Eyes,” live, c. 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, April 27th

never enough

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 570; Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

You ask why I live
alone in the mountain forest,

and I smile and am silent
until even my soul grows quiet.

The peach trees blossom.
The waters continue to flow.

I live in the other world,
one that lies beyond the human.

—Li Po (aka Li Bai, 701-762), “Questions Answered” (translated from Chinese by Sam Hamill)

Sunday, April 26th

sounds of Charlotte

The United House of Prayer Band, “The Blood!,” live, Charlotte, N.C., 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

*****

reading table

A pot poured out
Fulfills its spout

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Saturday, April 25th

never enough

How many musicians talk as well as they play?

Jeremy Denk (1970-, piano), playing, and talking about, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (excerpts), live, 4/7/20

 

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lagniappe

reading table

North Haven
by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

In Memoriam: Robert Lowell

I can make out the rigging of a schooner
a mile off; I can count
the new cones on the spruce. It is so still
the pale bay wears a milky skin; the sky
no clouds except for one long, carded horse’s tail.

The islands haven’t shifted since last summer,
even if I like to pretend they have—
drifting, in a dreamy sort of way,
a little north, a little south, or sidewise—
and that they¹re free within the blue frontiers of bay.

This month our favorite one is full of flowers:
buttercups, red clover, purple vetch,
hackweed still burning, daisies pied, eyebright,
the fragrant bedstraw’s incandescent stars,
and more, returned, to paint the meadows with delight.

The goldfinches are back, or others like them,
and the white-throated sparrow’s five-note song,
pleading and pleading, brings tears to the eyes.
Nature repeats herself, or almost does:
repeat, repeat, repeat; revise, revise, revise.

Years ago, you told me it was here
(in 1932?) you first “discovered girls”
and learned to sail, and learned to kiss.
You had “such fun,” you said, that classic summer.
(“Fun”—it always seemed to leave you at a loss . . .)

You left North Haven, anchored in its rock,
afloat in mystic blue . . . And now—you’ve left
for good. You can’t derange, or rearrange,
your poems again. (But the sparrows can their song.)
The words won’t change again. Sad friend, you cannot change.

Friday, April 24th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Living in a Ghost Town,” 4/23/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Ghost I house
In this flat—
Your outpost—
My aftermath

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Here”

Thursday, April 23rd

what’s new

Susana Santos Silva (trumpet, electronics, etc.), live (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), 4/18/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

*****

reading table

The whole country devastated,
only mountains and rivers remain.
In springtime, at the ruined castle.
the grass is always green.

—Tu Fu (712-770), translated from Chinese by Sam Hamill

Wednesday, April 22nd

passings

Henry Grimes, bassist, November 3, 1935–April 15, 2020

With Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone), Don Cherry (trumpet), Billy Higgins (drums), live, Rome, 1962

 

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With David Murray (tenor saxophone), Hamid Drake (drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame), live, Finland (Kerava), 2004

 

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With Kidd Jordan (tenor saxophone), live, New York, 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, April 21st

passings

Lee Konitz, alto saxophonist, October 13, 1927–April 15, 2020

With Warne Marsh (tenor saxophone), et al., “Subconscious-Lee” (L. Konitz), live (TV Show), 1958

 

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More?

With Elvin Jones (drums), Sonny Dallas (bass), Motion, 1961

“I Remember You” (V. Schertzinger, J. Mercer)

 

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“All of Me” (G. Marks, S. Simons)

 

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“Foolin’ Myself” (J. Lawrence, P. Tinturin)

 

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“You’d Be so Nice to Come Home To” (C. Porter)

 

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“I’ll Remember April” (G. DePaul, P. Johnston, D. Raye)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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