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Monday, July 26th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003), “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” (J. Rado, G. Ragni, G. MacDermot), live, London, 1968

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Rising from sickness, I lean on a cane and stand by the river.
Countless peach petals flow downstream.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), from “Upon getting up from sickness in late spring” (translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Sunday, July 25th

more

Whitney Houston (1963-2012), “I Love The Lord/Joy To The World,” live (with the Georgia Mass Choir), 1996

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Since there is nothing but just this moment, the time-being is all the time there is.

—Dōgen (1200-1253), translated from the Japanese (“The Time-Being,” Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dōgen [Kazuaki Tanahashi, ed.])

Tuesday, July 20th

timeless

Django Reinhardt (1920-1953, guitar), “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (I. Jones, G. Kahn), 1939

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Friday, May 28th

what’s new

Laurie Anderson (1947-, vocals, electronics, violin, compositions) with Roma Baran (synthesizer), Rubin Kodheli (cello), live (“Let x=x,” “Violin Cello Improv,” “O Superman”), New York, published 5/20/21

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

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The distant mountains
are reflected in the eye
of the dragonfly

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

Thursday, May 20th

alone

John Cage (1912-1992), Sonata X for prepared piano (1946-48); Tim Ovens, live, published 2009

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Forever – is composed of Nows –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 690 (Franklin)

Saturday, May 8th

sounds of Chicago

Kimmel/Ali/Harris (Jeff Kimmel, clarinet, electronics; Ishmael Ali, cello, guitar, electronics; Bill Harris, drums, synthesizer), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Summer night
transforms to daybreak.
I count fleas.

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

Thursday, April 29th

sounds of Norway

Sinikka Langeland (kantele, voice), “Eye of the Blue Whale” (S. Langeland), published 4/28/21

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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It is hard to believe of the world that there should be
music in it . . .

—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “The Nature of Musical Form”

Tuesday, April 27th

sounds of New York

Nate Wooley (trumpet, compositions), et al., Mutual Aid Music, live, New York, 12/11/20 ((performance begins at 6:40)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Skylark
sings all day,
and day not long enough.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Monday, April 26th

sounds of Paris and Moscow

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Dylan Corlay, direction), live, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall), 11/19/20: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Dérive 1; Bruno Mantovani (1974-), Chamber Concerto No. 2

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

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How could speed take shape?

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God is encrypting his account.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

Monday, April 19th

Why not begin the week, in this battered world, with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Sila: The Breath of the World (2014); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (featuring students from the Brass and Percussion Departments; Timothy Weiss, cond.), live, Oberlin, Ohio, 9/11/20

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle

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

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