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Monday, July 26th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003), “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” (J. Rado, G. Ragni, G. MacDermot), live, London, 1968

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Rising from sickness, I lean on a cane and stand by the river.
Countless peach petals flow downstream.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), from “Upon getting up from sickness in late spring” (translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Tuesday, June 8th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suites No. 1 in G major and No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Steven Isserlis (cello), live, London, 2020

Thursday, June 3rd

alone

One-word review: Wow!

Mitsuko Uchida (1948-, piano), live (performance begins at 2:45), London, yesterday: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), 4 Impromptus (D899), 4 Impromptus (D935)

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, May 29th

never enough

András Schiff (1953-, piano), playing Bach and Beethoven, London, yesterday*

*Program:

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (“WTC”), Book I, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A flat major 

Bach: WTC, Book II, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A flat major 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat (Op. 26)

Bach: WTC, Book I,  Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor

Bach: WTC, Book II, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor (Op. 31)

Bach: WTC, Book I,  Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor 

Bach: WTC, Book II,  Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp (Op. 78)

Encore: Bach, Invention No. 8 in F 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, May 7th

what’s new

black midi, live (studio), “John L,” “Dethroned,” “Sugar/Tzu,” “Hogwash and balderdash,” “Slow,” London, 4/6/21

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 27th

These tiny pieces I tire of never.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937-, piano), live, England (Essex), 1980

(Note: After posting this clip, I found that it cannot be viewed here; however, it can be at YouTube.)

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Not much more than being,
Thoughts of isolate, beautiful

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), from “2”

Saturday, January 9th

never enough

Andras Schiff (piano) playing (and discussing) Bach (Capriccio in B flat major [Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother] BWV992; Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat BWV791; Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor BWV795; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903; Italian Concerto in F major BWV971; Ouvertüre nach französischer Art BWV831), live, London, yesterday

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, December 26th

alone

Need more air?

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), live, London, 12/16/20: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonatas in C major (“Reliquie,” 3:40-) and G major (“Fantasy,” 42:00-)

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Listening deeply,
sometimes—in another—you can hear
the sound of a hermit, sighing
as he climbs a mountain trail to reach
a waterfall
or a Buddhist nun reciting prayers
while moonlight falls through the window
onto an old clay floor,
and once in a while, a child
rolling a hoop through the alleyways of Tokyo,
laughing,
or a farmer pausing in a rice field to watch
geese fly,
the thoughts on his lips he doesn’t think to say.

—Dick Allen (1939-2017), “Listening Deeply”

Thursday, September 24th

sounds of London

Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), live (“Source,” “Pace,” “Boundless Beings”), London, 9/16/20

 

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yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Friday, May 22nd

only rock ‘n’ roll

PJ Harvey, live, London, 2004

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Falling blossoms.
Blossoms in bloom are also
falling blossoms.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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