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Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

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

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Saturday, October 27th

passings

Tony Joe White, singer, songwriter, guitar player, harmonica player, July 23, 1943-October 24, 2018

“Rainy Night in Georgia” (T. J. White), live (TV show), London, 2013

 

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Live, Australia (Sydney), 2008

 

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Cicely Berry, Royal Shakespeare Company’s voice director, May 17, 1926-October 15, 2018

The Working Shakespeare/Muscularity of Language: Voice and Rhythm (excerpt), 2004

 

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other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path)

Monday, October 22nd

more

Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica [1934-1998]) with Buddy Guy (guitar), Phil Guy (guitar), A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone), et al., live (TV show), Chicago, early ’70s

“Little by Little”

 

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“Mystery Train”

 

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Thursday, March 1st

more

Bob Dylan, “It Ain’t Me Babe” (B. Dylan), live

 

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today too, today too
the nettle tree snags
the kite

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

Wednesday, February 7th

old school

Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980), “Goodbye Slim Harpo,” 1971

 

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Slim Harpo (AKA James Isaac Moore, 1924-1970), The Best of Slim Harpo, 1983*

 

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*01 – Baby Scratch My Back (1965); 02 – I Got Love If You Want It (1957); 03 – I’m A King Bee (1957); 04 – Little Queen Bee (Got A Brand New King) (1964); 05 – Shake Your Hips (1966); 06 – Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu (1968); 07 – Buzz Me Babe (1960); 08 – Buzzin’ (1963); 09 – Rainin’ In My Heart (1961); 10 – Still Rainin’ In My Heart (1964); 11 – Late Last Night (1960); 12 – Tip On In, Part 1 (1967); 13 – Bobby Sox Baby (1961); 14 – Don’t Start Cryin’ Now (1961); 15 – I Need Money (Keep Your Alibis) (1964); 16 – Strange Love (1958); 17 – Rock Me Baby (1976); 18 – Blues Hang-Over (1960).

Friday, May 5th

Still hard to believe he’s gone.

Prince with Stevie Wonder, live, Los Angeles, 2011

 

Thursday, December 15th

Chicago blues
day three

Otis Rush (1935-; vocal, guitar) with Fred Below (1926-1988; drums), et al., “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” live, East Berlin, 1966


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Here’s the original 1956 recording.


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On the first page of the course syllabus [for the class, taught at Columbia, on “The American Radical Tradition”], I always included the words of Max Weber, a rebuke to those who believe that critics of society should set their sights only on “practical” measures: “What is possible would never have been achieved if, in this world, people had not repeatedly reached for the impossible.”

—Eric Foner, “American Radicals and the Change We Could Believe In,” The Nation, January 2-9, 2017 issue

Wednesday, December 14th

Chicago blues
day two

Junior Wells (1934-1998; vocal, harmonica), Buddy Guy (1936-; guitar), et al., “Cryin’ Shame” (AKA “Country Girl”), live, Chicago, 1970

 

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winter wind—
he can’t find his roost
the evening crow

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

Monday, December 12th

Chicago blues
day one

Howlin’ Wolf (AKA Chester Burnett, 1910-1976), with Hubert Sumlin (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass), et al., “Somestack Lightning,” live, England, 1964


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last night, Oak Park, Ill.

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