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Sunday, December 9th

can’t wait

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack, director; filmed, 1972; scheduled theatrical release, 2019), trailer

 

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lagniappe

reading table

It is true that the unknown is the largest need of the intellect, though for it, no one thinks to thank God.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Letter to Cousins Louisa (aka Louise) and Frances Norcross, 1876

Tuesday, December 4th

timeless

This guy, whom I worked with in the 1970s, co-producing this track and a few others for Alligator Records (Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1), just turned ninety. One of my sons, now older than I was then, heard him the other night at a Chicago club, where, he said, his guitar playing was “robust.” How wonderful to be ninety years old and robust. How wonderful, too, to be able to share music with a son.

“Breaking up Somebody’s Home” (T. Matthews, A. Jackson), 1978

 

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Here he is forty years later.

“People Get Ready” (C. Mayfield), “That’s All Right,” Chicago, 2018

 

Sunday, December 2nd

timeless

Pilgrim Travelers, “I’ve Got a Mother Gone Home,” 1951

 

Sunday, November 25th

back to church

Together As One Hymn Choir, “I Feel Good,” live, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C., 2002

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The lonesome for they know not What –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 326 (Franklin)

Sunday, November 18th

three takes

“God Has Smiled on Me”

Rev. James Cleveland (1931-1991), live, Oh Happy Day, 2004

 

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Lester Bowie (1941-1999, trumpet, MCOTD Hall of Fame), with Amina Claudine Myers (piano, vocals), Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone), Malachi Favors (bass), Phillip Wilson (drums), 1978

 

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Don Pullen (piano), George Adams (tenor saxophone), live, Italy (Perugia), 1984

 

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lagniappe

reading table

mountain temple—
deep under snow
a bell

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

Sunday, November 11th

timeless

Five Soul Stirrers (feat. R. H. Harris), “Walk Around” (R. H. Harris), 1939

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009, MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, c. 1940

871

Sunday, November 4th

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

 

Sunday, October 28th

back to church

“Read God’s Letter All Night Long,” Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association, Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Thomaston, Ga., 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

July 28, 2018, off the Maine coast

Sunday, October 21st

sounds of Chicago

Caravans (feat. Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews), “Willing to Wait,” live (TV show), Chicago, 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Maywood, Ill. (Prairie Path)

Sunday, October 14th

back to church

“My Soul Is a Witness for My Lord,” Mt. Ramah Primitive Baptist Association, Thomaston, Ga., 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

A string of raindrops
dangling
from an iron bar reveals
opportunities for
clarity.

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As if you could escape
by following

the path you carved
there

to its prescribed end.

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As if, after all,

the thing that comes to mind
squared
times inertia

equaled the “real.”

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Worth While,” “Inscription,” “Equals” (Versed [2009])

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