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Thursday, December 17th

two takes

“Coming on the Hudson” (T. Monk)

Thelonious Monk (piano), live (studio), Paris, 1969

 

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Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone; Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass; Roy Haynes, drums), live, New York, 1958

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

Monday, December 14th

alone

Why not begin the week in an abandoned French castle?

Hélène Vogelsinger, “Reminiscence,” live, France, published 11/5/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

Because there is no me
and because I feel
how much there is no me.

—Anna Swir (1909-1984), “A Double Rapture” (translated from Polish by Czesław Miłosz and Leonard Nathan)

Saturday, November 21st

more

György Ligeti (1923-2006), excerpts from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Hamburg Concerto for Solo Horn and Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra;  Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, January 15th

sounds of Algeria, France, and the United States

Mohamed Lamouri, “Billie Jean” (M. Jackson), live, Paris, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 9th

sounds of the 14th century

Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377), Messe de Notre Dame (begins at 6:15; preceded by Introit [polyphonic chant]); Ensemble Gilles Binchois, live, France (Le Thoronet Abbey, Provence), published 2011

 

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reading table

Identity is made
of select experiences.

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If you are genuinely sick,
the leaves recede

and the flickering holes between them
come forward—

not angels, but
unnamed objects

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Vultures” (Poetry, 10/19)

Wednesday, September 6th

one of the most absorbing pieces I know

Morton Feldman (1927-1986; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

(Rothko Chapel, located in Houston, reportedly was not damaged by Harvey.)

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

. . . as though wondering
whether forgetting
The whole thing might not, in the end, be the only solution.

—Soonest Mended (fragment)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

Friday, March 24th

more

“Johnny B. Goode” (C. Berry), live (TV show), France, 1958


Everyone talks about his guitar playing. And, yes, it’s terrific. But he may be an even better songwriter.

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art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), Candy Store, New York City, 1955/56

Saturday, November 21st

sounds of Mali and France

Amadou & Mariam with guest Bertrand Cantat, live, France (near Belfort), 2012

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We dream – it is good we are dreaming –
It would hurt us – were we awake –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #584 (Franklin), excerpt

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