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Month: May, 2020

Sunday, May 31st

basement jukebox

Brother Vernard Johnson (1948-, vocals, alto saxophone), “Soul Metamorphosis” (V. Johnson, D. Ward), c. late 1960s

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

Thus spring begins: old
stupidities repeated,
new errors invented

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, May 30th

never enough

Don’t “listen” to this.

Close your eyes: let the sounds inhabit you.

Then you will inhabit the sounds.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Clarinet Quintet, K. 581; Armida Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live, Italy (Merano [aka Meran]), 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Come out to view
the truth of flowers blooming
in poverty

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, May 29th

like nobody else

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), “Manhattan” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart), 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

Gray hairs being plucked,
and from below my pillow
a cricket singing

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Thursday, May 28th

Soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have.

Steve Reich (1936-), Nagoya Marimbas (1994); ensemble 0, live, France (Pau), 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

. . . life and the memory of it so compressed
they’ve turned into each other. Which is which?

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Poem”

Wednesday, May 27th

alone

Joe Morris (1955-, guitar), live (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), 5/1/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

We live in reality without possession or occupation and the love of reality unpossessed transfigures us.

—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Desire and Denial”

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

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