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Category: blues

Friday, June 21st

basement jukebox

Junior Wells (1934-1998), “I Could Cry” (J. Wells), 1957

 

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random sights

last night, Chicago (Millennium Park)

Saturday, June 1st

basement jukebox

Gus Jinkins (aka Jenkins), “You Told Me” (G. Jinkins [aka Jenkins]), 1956

 

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reading table

new red flowers
have bloomed . . .
pure water over moss

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

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, May 23rd

Blues? Little of what I hear these days appeals to me—too fast, too flashy, too formulaic. Not this.

Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection, live (studio), Jersey City, N.J., 4/1/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, March 27th

sounds of Chicago

Jimmy Yancey (1894-1951), “How Long Blues”

 

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random sights

today, Chicago

Monday, March 11th

voices I miss

Hound Dog Taylor (AKA Theodore Roosevelt Taylor, 1915-1975) and the Houserockers (Brewer Phillips, guitar; Ted Harvey, drums), “Taylor’s Rock” (H.D. Taylor), live, Ann Arbor Blues Festival, 1973

 

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reading table

voices in the wind
the withered field’s
crows

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

Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

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

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Tuesday, January 29th

basement jukebox

Buddy Guy, “First Time I Met the Blues” (E. Montgomery), 1960

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

I had been hungry, all the Years – 
My Noon had Come – to dine – 
I trembling drew the Table near – 
And touched the Curious Wine – 

‘Twas this on Tables I had seen – 
When turning, hungry, Home 
I looked in Windows, for the Wealth 
I could not hope – for Mine –

I did not know the ample Bread – 
‘Twas so unlike the Crumb 
The Birds and I, had often shared 
In Nature’s – Dining Room –

The Plenty hurt me – ’twas so new – 
Myself felt ill – and odd – 
As Berry – of a Mountain Bush – 
Transplanted – to a Road –

Nor was I hungry – so I found 
That Hunger – was a way 
Of Persons outside Windows – 
The Entering – takes away –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 439 (Franklin)

Friday, January 25th

tonight in Chicago

He’s playing at Buddy Guy’s club (Legends), opening for Buddy himself.

Toronzo Cannon, “All Along the Watchtower” (B. Dylan), live, Detroit area (Auburn Hills), 2017

 

Tuesday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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