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Sunday, January 19th

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Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke, Paul Foster), live, Los Angeles, 1955

“I Have a Friend Above All Others,” “Be With Me Jesus”

 

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“Nearer My God to Thee”

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, off the coast of Maine

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reading table

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

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Empty”

Sunday, January 12th

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Soul Stirrers (featuring Sam Cooke [1931-1964]), “Touch the Hem of His Garment” (S. Cooke), 1956

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, January 5th

timeless

Soul Stirrers (featuring Sam Cooke [1931-1964]), “Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles” (S. Cooke), 1956

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 29th

back to church

Swanee Quintet, “Prayer Changes Things,” live, 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

You think you care what this book is about, but really you care how it sounds.

—Joe Moran, First You Write a Sentence (2018)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, December 22nd

never enough

Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates, 1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “I Won’t Let Go” (D. Coates), live (TV show), 1964

 

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lagniappe

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

To limber your sensibility, stalk the aesthetic everywhere: cracks in a sidewalk, people’s ways of walking. The aesthetic isn’t bounded by art, which merely concentrates it for efficient consumption. If you can’t put a mental frame around, and relish, the accidental aspect of a street or a person, or really of anything, you will respond to art only sluggishly.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art of Dying,” New Yorker, 12/23/19

Sunday, December 15th

There are all kinds of gospel.

Common, William Murphy, Erykah Badu, “God Is Love,” “The Light,” live (TV show), Newark, N.J., 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

A tethered horse,
snow
in both stirrups.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1783 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, December 8th

back to church

Christian Home Baptist Church, Lowry, S.C., 2010

 

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lagniappe

art beat

yesterday, Des Moines (Des Moines Art Center)

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Automat, 1927

Sunday, December 1st

like nobody else

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), “Precious Lord” (T. A. Dorsey), live

 

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, November 24th

never enough

Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates, 1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “You’ve Been Good to Me” (D. Coates), 1964

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, November 17th

never enough

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “I Won’t Let Go” (D. L. Coates), “Lord You’ve Been Good To Me” (D. L. Coates), live, 1981

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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