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Sunday, December 10th

more

The Pure Heart Travelers, “I Like to Talk About Jesus,” live, Detroit, 7/12/17

 

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lagniappe

reading table: variations on a theme

History is approaching a speechless end,
As Henry Adams said. Adams was right.

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The Moon and the Night and the Men,” excerpt

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Never has human extinction seemed so richly merited . . .

—A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12/10/17

Sunday, December 3rd

sounds of Detroit

The Pure Heart Travelers, “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” (T. Dorsey), live, Detroit, 7/12/17

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, November 26th

sounds of Detroit

DJ Tony Peoples, Detroit gospel house mix (“souls on fire,” “thankful praise,” “thank you lord,” “king of kings,” “high priest”)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Sunday, October 29th

old school

Willie Neal Johnson (1935-2001) & The Gospel Keynotes, “Jesus, You’ve Been Good To Me,” live, Jackson, Miss.

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Sunday, October 22nd

old school

Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, “Running for My Life,” “Let’s Get Down,” live, c. 2010

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The autumn chill becomes part of me
in the bedroom I step on a comb
that belonged to my dead wife

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Sunday, October 15th

three takes

“I Won’t Be Back” (AKA “Sweepin’ Through the City”)

Caravans (feat. Shirley Caesar, 1938-)

Live, Boston (Boston University), 1960s

 

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Recording, 1962

 

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Shirley Caesar

Live, Tulsa, Okla., 2001

 

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lagniappe

reading table

They end their flight
one by one—
crows at dusk.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, October 8th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Nobody sounds like her—nobody.

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002) & the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “99 and a Half Won’t Do” (D.L. Coates), 1956

 

Sunday, October 1st

more

Theotis Taylor, “Somebody’s Gone,” 1976

 

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Talking, Fitzgerald, Ga., 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Lonnie Holley (1950-), After the Revival (Vox Humana III: The Strength of Music Lives After the Instruments Are Destroyed), 2017

Sunday, September 24th

Bumping into something wonderful you never heard before—something you didn’t even know existed—can lift up your entire week, as this did mine when I encountered it the other day (WFMUSinner’s Crossroads, 9/21/17 [archived]).

Theotis Taylor, “If I Could Just Hold out until Tomorrow,” live, Atlanta, c. 1976

 

Sunday, September 17th

old school

Lil Blair and The Violinaires, “Tell Me How Long,” live, North Carolina (near Wilmington), 2007

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

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