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Month: May, 2020

Tuesday, May 26th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor; Krystian Zimerman (piano, 1956-), live, Vienna, 1987

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, May 25th

alone

Steve Baczkowski (baritone saxophone), live, Buffalo, N.Y., 4/3/20

 

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lagniappe

reading table

wastepaper kite—
after a quick dusting off
rising to the sky

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

Sunday, May 24th

back to church

Mt. Do-Well Baptist Church Hymn Choir, “You’re Gonna Need a Friend,” live, McConnells, S.C., 1991

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

streaming

Today, at 3 p.m. (ET), Yo-Yo Ma will be performing all six of Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello. I heard him play these pieces last summer at Chicago’s Millennium Park. One-word review: breathtaking.

Saturday, May 23rd

alone

Torbjön Zetterberg (1976-, bass), live (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), Zengården Monastery, Sweden, 4/18/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

As long as I don’t aim,
I won’t miss.
With the catalpa bow,
I shoot an arrow
toward the open sky.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Friday, May 22nd

only rock ‘n’ roll

PJ Harvey, live, London, 2004

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

Falling blossoms.
Blossoms in bloom are also
falling blossoms.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Thursday, May 21st

sounds of Senegal

Cheikh Lô (1955-, vocals, guitar, drums), live (studio), Seattle, 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, May 20th

One-word review: spellbinding.

De Yeon Kim (gayageum), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), live, Boston, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, May 19th

sounds of New York

Aruan Ortiz, Anthony Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Solo Piano Impressions for Herbie Nichols (1919-1963, pianist, composer), live, New York, 2019

One-word review of Aruan Ortiz’s opening set: Wow!

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, May 18th

Why not begin the week with something quiet?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Extended Circular Music No. 4 (2014); Absolut Trio, live, Switzerland (Basel), 1/22/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Sunday, May 17th

back to church

“All I Do,” St. Paul Baptist Church Choir, McConnells, S.C. (Mt. Do Well Baptist Church), c. 2009

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

He walked in awe
In awe of light
At nightfall, not at dawn
Whatever he saw
Receding from sight
In the sky’s afterglow
Was what he wanted
To see, to know

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Enlightenment”

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