Live, Detroit (New Bethel Church), 1987
sounds of Detroit
Pastor Marvin Winans (Perfecting Church, Detroit) and Perfecting Praise Choir, live, Toronto, 2011
this morning, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)
No more Vacation!
Term of Light this Day begun!
Failless as the fair rotation
Of the Seasons and the Sun –
Old the Grace, but new the Subjects –
Old, indeed, the East,
Yet upon His Purple Programme
Every Dawn, is first.
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 942 (Franklin)
sounds of Detroit
John Lee Hooker (1912-2001), “Boom Boom” (J.L. Hooker), live, 1960s
The world may be going to hell, faster than ever, but in the meantime, at YouTube, this has over 11 million views.
back to church
Career plans for the next life? If none of those other things pan out (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae band, guitar player in a Malian band, cellist in a string quartet, bird, accordionist), I might give gospel drummer a try.
Rev. Charles Nicks (1941-1988; organ) & the St. James Adult Choir, “How I Got Over,” live, St. James Baptist Church, Detroit
art beat: yesterday, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Post Black Folk Art in America, 1930-1980-2016, through today)
Thornton Dial (1928-2016), Royal Flag, 1997-1998
One of these days, the cloud will be lifted . . .
—Rev. C. L. Franklin
Rev. C. L. Franklin, live, Detroit
The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that ships are sometimes wrecked.
—Simone Weil (1909-1943), “The Love of God and Affliction” (translated from French by Richard Rees)
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
the beat goes on
2,200 posts—and counting.
only rock ‘n’ roll
MC5, “Looking at You,” live, Detroit, 1970
As you may have heard, Ornette Coleman died yesterday; WKCR (Columbia University) will be playing his music around the clock today, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, wrapping up its memorial broadcast Wednesday morning.