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Category: Detroit

Sunday, September 10th

Aretha testifies

Live, Detroit (New Bethel Church), 1987

 

Sunday, August 13th

sounds of Detroit

Pastor Marvin Winans (Perfecting Church, Detroit) and Perfecting Praise Choir, live, Toronto, 2011

 

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

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reading table

Always Mine!
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)

Wednesday, March 8th

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.

Sunday, January 29th

back to church

No wonder the place is packed.

St. James Adult Choir , “O Give Thanks,” live, St. James Baptist Church, Detroit


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random sights

other day, Chicago

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Sunday, January 15th

more

Rev. Charles Nicks (1941-1988; organ) & the St. James Adult Choir (feat. Hermon Frederick), “I Can Depend on God,” live, St. James Baptist Church, Detroit


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art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Kerry James Marshall (1955-), Souvenir IV (1998)

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Sunday, January 8th

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 bandguitar player in a Malian bandcellist in a string quartetbird, 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


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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

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Sunday, January 3rd

Aretha’s daddy

One of these days, the cloud will be lifted . . .

—Rev. C. L. Franklin

Rev. C. L. Franklin, live, Detroit


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reading table

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)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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the beat goes on

2,200 posts—and counting.

Friday, July 3rd

only rock ‘n’ roll

Mick Collins (Dirtbombs) with Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue (DW, bass; Randy Jacobs, guitar; Luis Resto, keyboards; Terry Thunder, drums), “Stop,” live, Detroit, 2008

 

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Bruce Davidson (1933-), New York (Brooklyn), 1959

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Sunday, June 21st

Here, on Father’s Day, is more of Aretha’s.

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984; Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, 1946-1979), “Dry Bones in the Valley”


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Helen Levitt (1913-2009; MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

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Friday, June 12th

only rock ‘n’ roll

MC5, “Looking at You,” live, Detroit, 1970


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radio

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.

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