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Sunday, April 21st

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), “Climbing Higher Mountains” (with Rev. James Cleveland), live, Los Angeles, 1972

 

Sunday, April 14th

testify!

Lee Williams (1942-2017) and the Spiritual QC’s, “Can’t Run,” live, Memphis

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Kankakee, Ill. (by the local jail)

Sunday, April 7th

sounds of Chicago

Carrie Robinson, “Power to Live Right,” live, Chicago (Maxwell Street), 1965

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Forest Park, Ill.

Sunday, March 31st

two takes

“When the Gates Swing Open” (T. A. Dorsey)

Otis Clay (1942-2016), live, Chicago, c. 2007

 

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Al Green (1946-), live, Memphis, 1983

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Spring and All
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast—a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines—

Lifeless in appearance,
sluggish dazed spring approaches—

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind—

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined—
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance—Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken

Sunday, March 24th

sounds of Chicago

Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999), “People Get Ready” (C. Mayfield), with Taylor Dane (vocals), David Lindley (steel guitar), David Sanborn (alto saxophone), et al.,  live (TV show), New York, 1989

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Bellwood, Ill.

Sunday, March 17th

basement jukebox

Armstrong Brothers, “Can You Treat Him like a Brother” (C. Armstrong), 1979

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Sunday, March 10th

sounds of Chicago

Jackie (AKA Jacqui) Verdell (1937-1991), “Too Close to Heaven” (following remarks by Jesse Jackson), live, Chicago, 1972

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

frosty night—
seven poor men
in a huddle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Sunday, March 3rd

This I could listen to all day.

Georgia Louis, “Canaan Land,” live (TV show), New York, 1960s

 

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lagniappe

found words

Yesterday, on the radio, a man held in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison for over forty years:

You feel like the atmosphere is closing in on you. You feel like the very skin on your body is compressing.

Albert Woodfox, author of Solitary (out March 5th)

Sunday, February 24th

sounds of the 1960s

Mighty Clouds of Joy, live (TV), 1964 (“Steal Away,” “He’s So Wonderful” [with Jessie Mae Renfro], “Golden Bells,” “Just Look”), 1968 (“Call Him,” Medley [“Bright Side,” “I’m Glad About It,” “None But the Righteous,” “I’ll Go,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”], “How Far Have I Strayed”)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, February 17th

timeless

Brother Joe May (1912-1972) and Jackie (AKA Jacqui) Verdell (1937-1991), “You’re Gonna Need Him After a While,” live (TV broadcast), 1963

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A still – Volcano – Life –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 517 (Franklin)

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