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Wednesday, September 23rd

alone

Sometimes the right music, heard at the right time, can change the entire trajectory of your day, as happened late yesterday afternoon when I stumbled upon this.

Chris Abrahams (1961-, piano), live (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), 8/29/20

 

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

We liken ourselves—
our bodies, frail and vagrant—
to floating clouds.
And all along, in the end,
that is what we shall become.

—Fujiwara no Kintō (966-1041), translated from Japanese by Steven D. Carter

Sunday, September 13th

shout!

Sounds of Zion (United House of Prayer), live, published 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Dusk of the year
Nightfalling leaves
More than we knew
Abounded on trees
We now see through

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Leavetaking”

Friday, September 11th

It was, I recall, a cloudless morning in Chicago, as it was in New York. I had a hearing scheduled in federal court, but then, after the second plane hit, court was cancelled. We sat in front of the television, unable to turn away.

William Basinski (1958-), “Disintegration Loop 1.1,” 2001

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Photograph from September 11
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.

There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.

They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just opened.

I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

Sunday, September 6th

alone

Bessie Jones (1902-1984), “I’m A Rollin’, I’m A Rollin’ (Everybody’s A Rollin’ Stone),” 1961, New York (Alan Lomax’s apartment)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago

*****

reading table

to become a dewdrop
I bow
in prayer . . .

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

Saturday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have

Jon Hassell (1937-, trumpet), “Sketches of the Mediterranean” (with Paolo Fresu, trumpet, flugelhorn; Rick Cox, guitar; Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche, violin; Peter Freeman, bass), live, France (Junas), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

a knotwood-eating bug
likes what it likes . . .
evening dew

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

Saturday, August 29th

alone

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les sauvages; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Fly, butterfly!
I feel the dust of this world
weighting my body!

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Tuesday, August 25th

sounds of Chicago

Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (MR, drums; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Joshua Abrams, bass), live (performance begins at 13:10), Chicago (Constellation), 8/15/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago

*****

reading table

Moon in midsky, high
over the village hovels
and wandering on

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, August 23rd

more

Brother Theotis Taylor (piano, vocals), “Sending up My Timber,” 1979

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

The maiden flower,
amazingly, stands idly
in the empty field

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, August 22nd

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K. 466), excerpt (Third Mvt.); Hélène Grimaud (1969-, piano) with Camerata Salzburg, University of Salzburg (Austria), published 8/21/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

A world of trials,
and if the cherry blossoms,
it simply blossoms

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Thursday, August 20th

two takes

Oliver Messiaen (1908-1992), O sacrum convivium (1937)

Susan Alcorn (1953-, pedal steel guitar), live, 2011

 

*****

Ensemble Aedes, live, France (Compiègne), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

So you must not be frightened . . . if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any agitation, any pain, any melancholy, since you really do not know what these states are working upon you?

—Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Letters to a Young Poet (1929, translated from German by M.D. Herter Norton)

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