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Wednesday, February 14th

what’s new

John Prine, “Summer’s End” (J. Prine), 2/8/18

 

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This road—
no one goes down it,
autumn evening.

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

Monday, February 12th

two takes

“In My Secret Life” (L. Cohen, S. Robinson)

Bettye Lavette, live, Montreal, 2017

 

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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), live

 

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Could live – did live –
Could die – did die –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 59 (Franklin; excerpt)

Thursday, February 8th

another take

Once I enter this world I never want to leave.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Musica Nova Consort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2017

 

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Going home,
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Thursday, January 25th

never enough

If I could play like this, I’d never stand up.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Prelude; Eva Lymenstull (baroque cello), 2017

 

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I like this story from the N.Y. Times—a composition by a child in the third grade: ‘I told my little brother that when you die you cannot breathe and he did not say a word. He just kept on playing.’

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), Letter to Robert Lowell, September 8, 1948

Saturday, January 20th

How about a trip to the nineteenth century?

Daniil Trifonov, piano (Chopin, Schumann, Grieg), live (studio performance), Washington, D.C., 1/12/18

 

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To shut our eyes is Travel.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Letter 354

Wednesday, January 17th

Astonishing performance.

Astonishing piece.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936)
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano

 

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What Miracles the News is!
Not Bismark but ourselves.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Letter 354

Monday, January 1st

Feel like getting lost?

Navpične misli (Vertical Thoughts), Karmina Šilec (original idea and music direction), !KEBATAOLA! (performers), Morton Feldman (music: Three Voices, excerpts; MCOTD Hall of Fame), 2010

 

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New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, December 10th

more

The Pure Heart Travelers, “I Like to Talk About Jesus,” live, Detroit, 7/12/17

 

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reading table: variations on a theme

History is approaching a speechless end,
As Henry Adams said. Adams was right.

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The Moon and the Night and the Men,” excerpt

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Never has human extinction seemed so richly merited . . .

—A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12/10/17

Friday, December 8th

more

Moses Sumney, live, Washington, D.C., 11/29/17

 

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Nature is a Haunted House – but Art – a House that tries to be haunted.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), letter (459A, Thomas H. Johnson, ed.)

Monday, December 4th

more

Miles Davis (with John Scofield, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass, et al.), live, Montreal, 1985

 

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“Living here is like a joke without a punch line.”

—Bulgarian bar owner, quoted in New York Times Book Review, 12/3/17, review of Border: Journey to the Edge of Europe

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