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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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reading table

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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reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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reading table

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.

*****

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

Sunday, April 18th

timeless

R. H. Harris (1916-2000; :30-) and His Gospel Paraders, “Have You Got Good Religion,” live (TV show [TV Gospel Time]), 1960s

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

My spring is just this:
a single bamboo shoot,
a willow branch

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

Friday, April 16th

what’s new

Adrianne Lenker (voice, guitar, compositions), live (“anything,” “zombie girl,” “half return,” “forwards beckon rebound”), published 3/2/21

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

With a warbler for
a soul, it sleeps peacefully,
this mountain willow

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

Wednesday, April 14th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Bleuse, direction), live, Paris, 2/16/20: David Bastien, Urban Song (2019)

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

Insisting that change defined our world, Heraclitus concluded that we cannot step into the same river twice. Yet the novel coronavirus has taught us a newer truth: we cannot step into the same river even once.

—Robert Zaretsky, The Subervise Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas (2021), preface

Friday, March 26th

what’s new

Scary Pockets featuring Solomon Dorsey, “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift cover), live, Los Angeles, published 3/22/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

who is the owner of unremembered moments
would they open their great book
if I stood
at the door
and begged?

–Xiao Yue Shan, from “details  escape” (Poetry, 4/21)

Friday, March 19th

what’s new

Mogwai, live, Scotland (Glasgow), published 3/18/21

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Spring and All
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast—a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines—

Lifeless in appearance,
sluggish dazed spring approaches—

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind—

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined—
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance—Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken

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