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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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lagniappe

reading table

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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lagniappe

reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tuesday, December 6th

two takes

“Ride ‘Em on Down”

Rolling Stones, 2016


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Eddie Taylor, 1955


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lagniappe

reading table

The announcement [that he was the president-elect’s choice to lead HUD] was delayed as Mr. Carson, who once had planned to learn to play the organ in retirement, gave himself several days to mull it over.

—Trip Gabriel, “Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD,” New York Times, 12/5/16

 

Friday, November 11th

two takes 

“I Hate to See You Go” (AKA “Hate to See You Go”) (W. Jacobs)

Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome, 2016


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Little Walter, 1955

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Painting with Green Center, 1913

Painting with Green Center

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reading table

BRIDGEPORT, CT—Thinking back on how happy and untroubled he had been during that time and how different he feels in the present day, local man Jason Moulton, 52, reportedly paused Wednesday and nostalgically recalled the simpler era of 20 hours ago. “Everything seemed so much brighter back then before 9 p.m. last night—nothing like the way things are now,” said Moulton, wistfully reflecting on how, back before yesterday evening, things had seemed to make sense and the future appeared to hold endless promise. “America was a different place all those hours ago. Things were safer then, and the economy was strong—it was just a better time. But it’s all gone downhill ever since. We just don’t have the same values anymore.” Moulton then reportedly shook his head and said that while he would love for the country to get back to the good old days of November 8 and earlier, realistically he knew that would never happen.

The Onion, “Man Nostalgic For Simpler Era Of 20 Hours Ago,” 11/9/16

 

Saturday, November 21st

sounds of Mali and France

Amadou & Mariam with guest Bertrand Cantat, live, France (near Belfort), 2012

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lagniappe

reading table

We dream – it is good we are dreaming –
It would hurt us – were we awake –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #584 (Franklin), excerpt

Saturday, October 3rd

old school

Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), live, Europe, 1963-64

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lagniappe

road to the World Series

I want us to do less preparation. Less everything. Just go play.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon

Saturday, March 14th

sounds of Detroit

Don Was/Sweet Pea Atkinson, “Slow Down,” recording session, 2007

 

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lagniappe

art beat: more from the other day at the Art Institute of Chicago

This I never tire of.

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955

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Friday, March 6th

sounds of Chicago

Billy Boy Arnold (1935-) & The Aces,* “She Fooled Me,” live, 1978


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lagniappe

art beat

Daido Moriyama (1938-), New York, 1971

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*Louis Myers (1929-1994), guitar; Dave Myers (1926-2001), bass; Fred Below (1926-1988), drums.

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