sounds of New York
Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972), “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” live
yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)
Clear skies ring with the honk of wild geese
On deserted hills, leaves whirl in the wind
Twilight on a smoky village road
Carrying an empty begging bowl and walking home alone
—Ryōkan (1758-1831), translated from classical Chinese by Ryūichi Abé and Peter Haskel
back to church
“What I Am,” Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Chester, S.C., 2003
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
From jazz pianist Fred Hersch:
Mini Concert Every Day
I hope everybody is safe and healthy and will remain that way. This is an unprecedented challenge to everyone on the planet and we all need resilience and resourcefulness going forward.
Starting this Sunday, every day at 1pm EST
I will do a live mini concert of piano music from my home.
You can see and hear the concert here:
Wishing you all strength and much love,
Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham, Alabama, “I’m Bound for Canaan Land,” recorded in Chicago, 1947
other day, Oak Park, Ill.
Where did my life come from?
Where will it go?
—Ryōkan (1758-1831), from an untitled poem (translated from classical Chinese by Ryūichi Abé and Peter Haskel)
The Mellotones, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (J.B. Scaife), 1963
yesterday morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)
Two dangers never cease threatening the world: order and disorder.
—Paul Valéry (1871-1945), Analects (quoted in Lyn Hejinian, “The Rejection of Closure”)