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Saturday, October 16th

timeless

When I find myself in the mood for his sound-world, nothing else will do.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet (Op. 28, 1937-38); Psappha Ensemble (Benedict Holland and Sophie Rosa, violins; Vicci Wardman, viola; Jennifer Langridge, cello), live, England (Manchester), 2019

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Whenever I sleep
with my socks on
I have bad dreams

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from the Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

Wednesday, October 13th

basement jukebox

Niney & the Observers, “Blood & Fire” (W. Holness [aka “Niney”]), 1970

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Eyes open to praise
the play of light
Upon the ceiling—
While still abed raise
The roof this morning
Rejoice as you please

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), from “Hallelujah”

Sunday, October 3rd

another take

Elder Demetrius Tolfre, “I don’t Know What You’ve Come To Do,” live, 2007

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

My heart
I send with the moon
into the mountains—
what of this body
left in darkness? 

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Wednesday, September 15h

sounds (and sights) of Chicago

Avreeayl Ra (voice, drums, percussion, flute) and Ed Wilkerson (didgeridoo, tenor saxophone), live, Chicago, 8/23/20

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, September 3rd

sounds of England

These three sisters, it seems, could sing the phone book (remember the “phone book”?), and it would sound wonderful.

The Staves, live (“Nothing’s Gonna Happen,” “Good Woman,” “Satisfied,” “Waiting on Me to Change”), England (Watford), published 9/1/21

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

What, in this moment, is lacking?

Zen master Rinzai (aka Linji Yixuan), unknown – 866

Tuesday, August 31st

passings

Lee “Scratch” Perry, producer, March 30, 1936 – August 29, 2021

With Junior Murvin, The Heptones, The Congos, The Upsetters, “Play On Mr. Music,” live, Jamaica (Roots Rock Reggae [1977])

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Producer/co-writer: Junior Murvin, “Police and Thieves” (J. Murvin, L. Perry), 1976

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Producer: The Upsetters, Black Board Jungle, 1973

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

. . . all thens are lost in a now without a time.

—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “Referral” (Some Words, 1992, 1998)

Sunday, August 15th

sounds of Chicago

Golden Eagle Gospel Singers, “The Prodigal Son” (rec. 1939, Chicago)

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

For those who proclaim
they’ve grown weary of children,
there are no flowers

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Wednesday, August 11th

sounds of Paris

Yusef Lateef Quartet (YL, 1920-2013, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass; Albert Heath, drums), “Yesterdays” (J. Kern), live, Paris, 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

This is a world of books gone flat.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Visits to St. Elizabeths”

Sunday, August 8th

timeless

Swan Silvertones (feat. Claude Jeter, Percell Perkins), “All Aboard” (P. Perkins), 1951

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Blue sky, cold geese honk.
On a bare mountain, tree leaves flutter.
At dusk in the village, smoke billows from every house.
Alone with my empty bowl, I head home.

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

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