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Sunday, October 14th

back to church

“My Soul Is a Witness for My Lord,” Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association, Thomaston, Ga., 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

A string of raindrops
dangling
from an iron bar reveals
opportunities for
clarity.

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As if you could escape
by following

the path you carved
there

to its prescribed end.

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As if, after all,

the thing that comes to mind
squared times inertia

equaled the “real.”

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Worth While,” “Inscription,” “Equals” (Versed [2009])

Sunday, October 7th

back to church

Who needs instruments?

“Look Where He Brought Me From,” Mt. Carmel Primitive Baptist Church, Ideal, Ga., Easter Sunday, 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

July 22, 2018, Monhegan Island, Maine

Sunday, September 30th

back to church

Elder Nathan Rolle, “This May Be My Last Time,” live, Thomaston, Ga., 2010

 

Sunday, September 23rd

sounds of Chicago

Chicago Community Choir with Jessy Dixon (vocals, organ), Rev. Milton Brunson (vocals, choir direction), et al., 1960s

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other night, Chicago (West Armitage)

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 26th

more sounds of Shreveport

Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band (Brian Blade, drums, et al.), Hallelujah Train, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, “Amazing Grace,” live, Shreveport, La., 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

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reading table

The present
must be kept empty
so that anything
can happen:

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”

Sunday, August 19th

Aretha’s father

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

 

Friday, August 17th

passings

Aretha Franklin, singer, pianist, March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018

Today we remember her by revisiting previous posts.

10/18/09

Here—at the funeral service for Bishop David L. Ellis, pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith—Aretha testifies.

Aretha Franklin, “Never Grow Old,” live, Detroit, 1996

 

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[A] lengthy service was perceived to be an honor to the deceased—a testimony to the great impact of his or her life. Consider the 1996 funeral of Bishop David Ellis Sr., pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith, whose services stretched over three days. His body was laid to rest in a $30,000 gold-plated casket that was ‘propped at an angle in the church aisle so mourners could see his body resting on red velvet cushions.’—Karla FC Holloway (in Passed On: African American Mourning Stories [2002])

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10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993

 

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lagniappe

My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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11/1/09

Aretha didn’t have to wait until she was grown to be great. She was great when she was 14.

Aretha Franklin (at 14, vocal and piano), “Precious Lord,” live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, was pastor), 1956

 

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10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live

 

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“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

 

Want more? Here.

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lagniappe

Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

 

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12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

 

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4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

 

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1/6/13

The other day, in the wake of Inez’s [Andrews] passing, we heard several takes on this. How about another?

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir), “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” live, Los Angeles, 1972

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6/23/14

passings

Gerry Goffin, lyricist, February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014

The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1961

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The Drifters, “Up on the Roof” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1962


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Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), 1967

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1/1/16

What better way to start the new year?

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

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