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Wednesday, July 8th

sounds of India
day three

Shivkumar [AKA Shiv Kumar] Sharma (1938-), santoor
Raag Hamsadhwani, live


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Indian music calls for surrender. Of what? Busyness. Distractability. Impatience.

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reading table

[S]ince we do float on an unknown sea, I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way carefully; who knows what might depend on it?

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Robert Lowell

Tuesday, July 7th

sounds of India
day two

Feel like floating?

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-), bansuri (bamboo flute), Raag Durga, live


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random thoughts

What would it be like to live there—a world with no sky?

Monday, July 6th

sounds of India
day one

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar, Raag Jaijaiwanti, live recording


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reading table

Everything only connected by “and” and “and.”

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), “Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance”

Tuesday, May 5th

sounds of Cambodia

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, 2014

Friday, April 3rd

There are all kinds of grooves.

Dengue Fever, “Ghost Voice,” “Tokay,” “Girl from the North,” “No Sudden Moves,” live (studio performance), Seattle, 2/10/15

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reading table

Life is full of uncertainties and evil, but sometimes a good meal is enough to get you through even the worst of it.

—Melanie Rehak, Bookforum, April-May, 2015 (reviewing Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die for)

Thursday, November 21st

spellbinding

Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri [bamboo flute]), Raga Bhimpalasi, 1991

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radio

Today, celebrating the jazz saxophonist’s birthday, WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is Coleman Hawkins Radio.

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The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.

—Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Rambler (#2), 1750

Monday, April 29th

serendipity

Every so often, like, for instance, last night, when I was listening to the radio* while working on a brief for a client who’s serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder, I find myself being totally swept away by something that, a minute earlier, I didn’t even know existed.

Pannalal Ghosh (1911-1960), bansuri (Indian flute), Raga Darbari

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random thoughts

One thing we can be sure of, in an otherwise uncertain world, is that each of us is a child of a God who may or may not exist.

*Raag Aur Taal, WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

Thursday, April 11th

sounds of India

Vilayat Khan (1928-2004), sitar, with Kishan Maharaj (1923-2008), tabla, Raga Bhairavi, live, London, 2002


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reading table

Sun and moon, sun and moon, time goes.

—John Updike, Rabbit, Run

Tuesday, 12/11/12

sounds of Thailand

Kung Narin Phin Sing, live, Thailand

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reading table

Like a tropical storm,
I, too, may one day become “better organized.”

—Lydia Davis, “Tropical Storm” (The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, 2009)

Saturday, 12/1/12

Some sounds once they enter your brain they never leave.

Perfume, “Baby Cruising Love” (2008)

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reading table

How little we know,
and when we know it!

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We close in on ourselves,
then yelp that the world is awry.

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We had macaroni for lunch every day
except Sunday, when a small quail was induced
to be served to us. Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.

—John Ashbery, miscellaneous fragments (“Like A Sentence,” “Tahiti Trot,” “This Room”)

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