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Friday, August 7th

what’s new

Lucinda Williams, “Bad News Blues,” “Big Black Train,” “You Can’t Rule Me,” “Man Without A Soul,” live, Nashville, published 7/27/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, May 12th

sounds of Austin

Blaze Foley (aka Michael David Fuller, 1949-1989), “If I Could Only Fly” (B. Foley), live (Duct Tape Messiah, 2011)

 

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Another take.

Merle Haggard, live (TV show, performance starts at 1:15), 1986

 

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What makes this song work? As is often the case, it comes down to small sonic details. Listen, for instance, to the first line of the hook (also the title):  “If I could only fly . . .” Repeated f’s (“If,” “fly”), echoing vowels (“I,” “fly”): so much repetition in so few words, yet it sounds so natural. Listen, too, to the small step up, melodically, from the first to the second syllable of “only,” enacting what it would have felt like to fly—”if . . . only.”

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Friday, April 10th

more

Bonnie Raitt (1949-), John Prine (1946-2020), “Angel From Montgomery” (J. Prine), live, Nashville, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, March 27th

sounds of Nashville

Marty Stuart (1958-, vocals, mandolin, guitar), Vince Gill (1957-, vocals, guitar), Brad Paisley (1972-, vocals, guitar), live, Nashville (Grand Ole Opry), 3/21/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path, Bellwood)

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reading table

That’s being lonely. Lying here. Head and feet not knowing where they’ve come to.

—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, February 6th

sounds of Austin

Terry Allen, “Bottom of the World” (T. Allen), live (studio), Austin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, June 19th

what’s new

Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder (with John Leventhal [guitar], Joachim Cooder [drums], et al.), live, last night, Chicago (Chicago Theatre)

“Long Black Veil” (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin)

 

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“Ring of Fire” (June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore)

 

Monday, July 4th

Happy Fourth!

Let’s celebrate by remembering three giants.

Ralph Stanley, singer, banjo player, February 25, 1927-June 23, 2016

“Little Maggie,” live (TV show), Austin, Tx., 1980


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Bernie Worrellkeyboard player, April 19, 1944-June 24, 2016

Live (with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic), Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 2004


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Scotty Moore, guitar player, December 27, 1931-June 28, 2016

“Blue Suede Shoes” (with Elvis Presley), live, 1956


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radio

Today, Louis Armstrong’s adopted birthday, it’s all Louis all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Thursday, April 7th

passings

Merle Haggard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016

Today, remembering him, we revisit a few favorites.

“I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” (L. Anderson, C. Anderson), live (TV show), 1966


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“Working Man Blues” (M. Haggard), live (TV show), 1978


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“Today I Started Loving You Again” (M. Haggard, B. Owens), with Tammy Wynette, live, England (Wemberly), 1988

Thursday, April 2nd

More of Buddy M.

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, The Lone Bellow (27:50-), Rosanne Cash (1:08:05-), live, New York, 8/9/14

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lagniappe

random sights

Tuesday, Columbus Park, Chicago

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Tuesday, March 31st

two takes

Buddy Miller, “Chalk” (J. Miller), live

With Don Was (bass), et al., 2007


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With Patty Griffin (vocals), et al., San Francisco, 2010

 

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lagniappe

art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Ann—In Memory, 1954

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