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Sunday, February 10th

timeless

Soul Stirrers (feat. Sam Cooke, Paul Foster), live, Los Angeles, 1955

“I Have a Friend Above All Others,” “Be With Me Jesus”

 

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“Nearer My God to Thee”

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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I am alive – I guess –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 605 (Franklin)

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(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Sunday, January 27th

unadorned

Jessie Mae Hemphill (1923-2006), “Home Going,” 1960s

 

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lagniappe

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my house’s
only face towel
frozen stiff

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

Thursday, January 17th

alone

Kim Kashkashian (viola), “character pieces” by György Kurtág (1926-), live, Cambridge, Mass., 2018

 

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lagniappe

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the sound of the moat
cracking . . .
winter moon

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

Wednesday, January 16th

what’s new

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Dave King (drums), live, New York, 1/7/19

 

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in my thatched hut
even dreaming
the cold

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

Tuesday, January 15th

what’s new

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) featuring Spektral Quartet, live (“Rosario,” “Milagrosa,” “Villabeño”), Washington, D.C., 1/4/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

thin wall—
from the mouse’s hole
the cold

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

Monday, January 14th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Tarkovsky Quartet (François Couturier, piano; Anja Lechner, cello; Jean-Marc Larché, soprano saxophone; Jean-Louis Matinier, accordion), “Nuit blanche,” 2017

 

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I prefer winter . . . when you feel the bone structure of the landscape . . . . Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

—painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Times Literary Supplement, 11/23/18

Friday, January 11th

more

Arthur Russell (1951-1992), singer, songwriter, cellist, producer

“You and Me Both” (A. Russell)

 

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“This Is How We Walk on the Moon” (A. Russell)

 

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“Springfield” (A. Russell)

 

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I’m saying this and it’s saying me

—Peter Gizzi (1959-), from “Archeophonics”

Monday, January 7th

sounds of New York

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Michael Formanek (bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums), live, New York, 2018

 

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One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 407 (Franklin)

Wednesday, December 19th

more

Erik Satie (1866-1925), Ogives (4) (00:00-), Pieces froides (6) (12:29-), Gnossiennes (6) (25:02-), Sonneries de la Rose+Croix (3) (44:51-), Gymnopedies (3) (58:59-); Reinbert de Leeuw (piano), live, 1982

 

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lagniappe

reading table

driftwood floating
this way, that way . . .
ends the year

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

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