joy of serendipity
Empirical, live, London, 2016
“Card Clash,” live, Southhampton, England, 2015
hole in the wall
my year’s first sky
—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue
only rock ‘n’ roll
Savages, live, England (Bristol), 2016*
*Set list (courtesy of YouTube):
1. I Need Something New
2. The Answer
3. Sad Person
6. Hit Me
In response to Monday’s post on Dylan covers, a reader commented:
Fairport Convention’s “Si tu dois partir” (a French-language version of “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”) comes to mind.
Fairport Convention, “Si tu dois partir” (B. Dylan), recording, 1969
sounds of Manchester
The Warehouse Project (feat. Diplo, Four Tet, Nicolas Jaar, Skream, et al.), 2012
Steel drummers, “Silent Night,” London, 12/11
Glasses player, “Jingle Bells,” Bonn, 12/06
Brass band, “This Christmas” (1:55-, D. Hathaway), New Orleans, 12/09
Music, for some people, is no less vital than oxygen.
James Rhodes, talking and playing (2010)
To Praise the Music
by William Bronk (1918-1999)
Evening. The trees in late winter bare
against the sky. Still light, the sky.
Trees dark against it. A few leaves
on the trees. Tension in their rigid branches as if
–oh, it is all as if, but as if, yes,
as if they sang songs, as if they praised.
Oh, I envy them. I know the songs.
As if I know some other things besides.
As if; but I don’t know, not more
than to say the trees know. The trees don’t know
and neither do I. What is it keeps me from praise?
I praise. If only to say their songs,
say yes to them, to praise the songs they sing.
Envied music. I sing to praise their song.
(Want to hear Bronk, a MCOTD Hall of Famer, read this? Here.)
art beat: more from Tuesday’s stop at the Art Institute of Chicago
Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror #3 (Six Panels) (1971)