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Category: Detroit

Wednesday, July 6th

sounds of Detroit

Floorplan (aka Robert Hood), “Never Grow Old” (Re-Plant), 2014

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lagniappe

reading table

He walked in awe
In awe of light
At nightfall, not at dawn
Whatever he saw
Receding from sight
In the sky’s afterglow
Was what he wanted
To see, to know

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Enlightenment”

Sunday, May 22nd

testify!

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018, voice, piano), “Rock of Ages” (A. Toplady), live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church), 2016

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, November 9th

Feel like losing yourself?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Become Ocean (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 2014); Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Leonard Slatkin, cond.), live (performance begins at 6:45), Detroit, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Sunday, November 8th

sounds of Detroit

Detroit Mass Choir, “The Storm Is Passing Over” (C. Tindley, D. Vails), live, Detroit, 2001

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

No matter how hard
I try, I can’t stop thinking
of my old village

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, September 16th

More from Aretha’s homegoing service.

Smokey Robinson, “Really Gonna Miss You,” live, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

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reading table

Your path is at your feet whether you realize it or not.

—painter Agnes Martin, 1912-2004 (Arne Glimcher, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, 2012)

Sunday, September 9th

More from Aretha’s homegoing service.

Jennifer Hudson, “Amazing Grace,” live, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The World Contracted to a Recognizable Image
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

at the small end of an illness
there was a picture
probably Japanese
which filled my eye

an idiotic picture
except it was all I recognized
the wall lived for me in that picture
I clung to it as a fly

Sunday, September 2nd

Shirley testifies

Shirley Caesar (with Tasha Cobbs), “How I Got Over,” Aretha’s homegoing service, Detroit, 8/31/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

Sunday, August 19th

Aretha’s father

Rev. C. L. Franklin (1915-1984), “I’m Going Through” (Parts I & II), 1968

 

Sunday, May 27th

Back to church.

Live, Detroit (Church of the Living God)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other night, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 10th

more

The Pure Heart Travelers, “I Like to Talk About Jesus,” live, Detroit, 7/12/17

 

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lagniappe

reading table: variations on a theme

History is approaching a speechless end,
As Henry Adams said. Adams was right.

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The Moon and the Night and the Men,” excerpt

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Never has human extinction seemed so richly merited . . .

—A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12/10/17

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