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Category: Ireland

Sunday, December 20th

testify!

United House of Prayer Shout Bands, live, published 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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reading table

Do you sometimes imagine that you’re getting used to the emergency? I think I can guarantee that you’re not, burdened by states of mind that will be comprehensible only retrospectively, when they no longer pertain. The world going on nonetheless, as the world will, feels bizarrely conditional, subject in thought and action to a blanketing subjunctive mood: things as we wish they were. We are waiting this out with nostalgia for lost freedoms, fear and empathy in the present, and, perhaps, vague anticipation of eventual survivor’s guilt. Never has social privilege seemed more unfair while being clung to so tenaciously. Some of us—artists—are undergoing the siege in ways that can alert us to the subjective dimensions of an objective calamity. We should want those people to keep it up as best they can.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art World: The Melancholy Gestalt of Isolation” (reviewing  100 Drawings from Now, Drawing Center,  New York), New Yorker, website (12/14/20), 12/21/20 issue (“The Fix We’re In”)

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streaming

Tomorrow, 6:30 a.m. (CST): the 30th annual winter solstice concert by Chicago-based percussionists Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake (MCOTD Hall of Fame).

Sunday, August 2nd

sounds of New Orleans

Funeral for singer Juanita Brooks, New Orleans, 2009

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Saturday, March 2nd

like nobody else

Laurie Anderson, “Language of the Future,” Dublin, 2017

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lagniappe

random thoughts

Each day we go somewhere we’ve never been before.

Thursday, July 20th

sounds of Ireland

Gerry O’Beirne (guitar, vocals), live

“Tír na nÓg” (trad.)/”Angel Angel” (G. O’Beirne), Whidbey Island, Wash., 2015

 

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“Marbhna Luimnigh” (trad.), Ireland, 2010

 

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lagniappe

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

 

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Wednesday, July 19th

sounds of Ireland

Danú, live, Ireland, 2015

 

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lagnaippe

random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Tuesday, July 18th

sounds of Ireland

Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals) & Tim Edey (guitar), “Maidin Luan Cinches,”  “Tomáisín a’ Rí,” live, Ireland (Donegal), 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Monday, July 17th

sounds of Ireland

Sean Leahy (guitar) & Jeremy Spencer (violin), live, Ireland

“Darley’s” / “Bógan Nua,” 2014

 

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O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Dingle, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Saturday, July 1st

Taking a break—back in a while.

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random sights

today, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Friday, February 26th

sounds of Ireland

“The Bucks of Oranmore,” “Come West Along the Road,” live, Dublin (The Ferryman Pub), St. Patrick’s Day, 2011


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lagniappe

reading table

The narrative got punctured.

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. . . picking up crumbs like there was no tomorrow, which
there isn’t.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Tall Order” (excerpts), Breezeway (2015)

Thursday, 7/1/10

looking back

Today, celebrating our 300th post, we revisit a few favorites.

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3/12/10

Both Chicago blues artists. Both guitar players. Both influenced by other kinds of music.

Musical personalities? They could hardly be more different.

Buddy Guy, “Let Me Love You Baby,” live

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Fenton Robinson, “Somebody Loan Me A Dime,” live, 1977

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Back in the 1970s, when I was at Alligator Records, I had the pleasure of working with Fenton, co-producing his album I Hear Some Blues Downstairs (a Grammy nominee). He didn’t fit the stereotype of a bluesman. Gentle, soft-spoken, serious, introspective: he was all these things. He died in 1997.

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3/3/10

What other pop star has made such stunning contributions as a guest artist?

Sinead O’Connor

With Willie Nelson, “Don’t Give Up”

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With the Chieftains, “The Foggy Dew”

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With Shane MacGowan, “Haunted”

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5/28/2010

two takes

“La-La Means I Love You”

The Delfonics, live, 2008 (originally recorded 1968)

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Bill Frisell, live, New York (Rochester), 2007

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Music . . . carr[ies] us smoothly across the tumult of experience, like water over rocks.

Vijay Iyer, liner notes, Historicity (2009)

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