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Sunday, February 28th

another take

Rev. Paul Jones, “I Won’t Complain” (P. Jones), live, Texas (Texas City), 1989

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

 

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passings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919–February 22, 2021), poet, publisher, bookstore owner

“The World Is a Beautiful Place,” City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

 

Sunday, February 21st

testify!

Stevie Wonder, “I Won’t Complain” (P. Jones), live, Memphis, 1998

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, February 14th

more

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” (trad.), 1928

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Mingling with the wind
the snow comes falling;
mingling with the snow
the wind comes blowing;
by banked coals
I stretch my legs,
idle, idle,
in this grass hut
a shut-in,
and counting, find
that the second month too
like a dream
has come and gone

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Sunday, February 7th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change” (W. Johnson), 1929

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Midnight frost—
I’d borrow
the scarecrow’s shirt.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, January 31st

more

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “Come and Go With Me” (D. Coates), live (TV show [Jubilee Showcase]), Chicago (with commentary from DLC and others)

 

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random sights

this morning, Chicago

Sunday, January 24th

more

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “They Won’t Believe” (D. Coates), live (TV show)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Sunday, January 17th

sounds of Chicago

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, “I Won’t Let Go” (D. Coates), live (TV show [Jubilee Showcase, 1963-1984]), Chicago

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, January 10th

more

Rev. Al Green, “Jesus Will Fix It,” live, Tokyo, 1987

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, January 3rd

testify!

Rev. Al Green, “The Lord Will Make a Way” (T. A. Dorsey), live, Memphis (Full Gospel Tabernacle Church), 1983

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Commonplace miracle:
that so many commonplace miracles happen.

An ordinary miracle:
in the dead of night
the barking of invisible dogs.

One miracle out of many:
a small, airy cloud
yet it can block a large and heavy moon.

Several miracles in one:
an alder tree reflected in the water,
and that it’s backwards left to right
and that it grows there, crown down
and never reaches the bottom,
even though the water is shallow.

An everyday miracle:
winds weak to moderate
turning gusty in storms.

First among equal miracles:
cows are cows.

Second to none:
just this orchard
from just that seed.

A miracle without a cape and top hat:
scattering white doves.

A miracle, for what else could you call it:
today the sun rose at three-fourteen
and will set at eight-o-one.

A miracle, less surprising than it should be:
even though the hand has fewer than six fingers,
it still has more than four.

A miracle, just take a look around:
the world is everywhere.

An additional miracle, as everything is additional:
the unthinkable
is thinkable.

—Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012; MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Miracle Fair,” translated from Polish by Joanna Trzeciak

Sunday, December 27th

sounds of Chicago

Pastor DeAndre Patterson, “To God Be the Glory,” live (Rev. Clay Evans’ funeral), Chicago, 12/7/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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