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Thursday, March 4th

basement jukebox

Irma Thomas (1941-), “Time Is on My Side” (J. Ragovoy, J. Norman), 1964

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Wild night – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 269 (Johnson)

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.

*****

passings

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

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

 

Saturday, February 27th

These tiny pieces I tire of never.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937-, piano), live, England (Essex), 1980

(Note: After posting this clip, I found that it cannot be viewed here; however, it can be at YouTube.)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Not much more than being,
Thoughts of isolate, beautiful

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), from “2”

Thursday, February 25th

sounds of New York

Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Tom Rainey (drums), Brandon Lopez (bass), with artwork by Yuko Otomo, live (performance begins at 4:00), New York, 2/23/21

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

I can wade Grief –
Whole pools of it –
I’m used to that –
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet –
And I tip – drunken –
Let no Pebble – smile –
‘Twas the New Liquor –
That was All!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 312 (Franklin)

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Sunday, February 14th

more

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

 

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lagniappe

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

Tuesday, February 9th

two takes

“Manhattan” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart)

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), 1959

 

*****

Sonny Rollins Trio (SR, tenor saxophone; Henry Grimes, bass; Charles Wright, drums), 1958

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

How did you wriggle
your way
into my dream path
through such deep snow
on the night mountain?

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Monday, February 8th

Why not start the week with something small, quiet, beautiful?

Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), “Solar” (P. Brennan), live (studio), New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Only thing
the thief left behind—
moon in my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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.

*****

reading table

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

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

Friday, February 5th

what’s new

Lous and the Yakuza, live, Paris, published 1/27/2021

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

The problem with being alone is that one never is: you’ve always got yourself to contend with.

—Alex Clark, Times Literary Supplement (“A singular traveller: Patricia Highsmith at 100”), 1/22/21

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