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Sunday, June 23rd

testify!

Pilgrim Jubilee Singers (aka Pilgrim Jubilees), “Testify” (feat. Cleve Graham), “Old Ship of Zion” (feat. Clay Graham), live, TV Show (Jubilee Showcase), Chicago, 1964

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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a walk, a voice, a poem

“The Door” by Miroslav Holub (1923-1998), translated from Czech by Ian Milner

 

Sunday, June 16th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change,” recorded 12/10/1929 (New Orleans)

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Within this temporal body composed of a hundred bones and nine holes there resides a spirit which, for lack of an adequate name, I think of as windblown.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), The Knapsack Notebook (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Sunday, June 9th

sounds of Chicago

This track, even after forty years, I never tire of hearing.

Albertina Walker (1929-2010) with Rev. James Cleveland (1931-1991), “Please Be Patient with Me” (J. Cleveland), live, Chicago, 1979 (Please Be Patient with Me)

 

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langiappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Sunday, June 2nd

timeless

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), “How I Got Over” (C. Ward), live, Chicago

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul?

—John Keats (1795-1821), letter to his brother George Keats, 1819

Sunday, May 26th

back to church

Richard Smallwood (piano), et al., “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” ( A. Crouch), live, Largo, Md., 2008

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, May 5th

sounds of Mississippi

Mississippi Mass Choir (featuring  Frank Williams [1947-1993] and Angela Curry), “Near the Cross,” live, 1989

 

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lagniappe

reading table

You have to change to stay the same.

—Willem de Kooning, 1904-1997 (Richard Shiff, Between Sense and de Kooning2011)

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random sights

this morning, Westchester, Ill.

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

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