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Sunday, June 16th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change,” recorded 12/10/1929 (New Orleans)

 

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Within this temporal body composed of a hundred bones and nine holes there resides a spirit which, for lack of an adequate name, I think of as windblown.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), The Knapsack Notebook (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Monday, June 10th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Bob Dylan, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” (B. Dylan), live, 1975 (Martin Scorsese, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, 6/12/19)

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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And were You lost, I would be –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 706 (Franklin)

Sunday, June 2nd

timeless

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), “How I Got Over” (C. Ward), live, Chicago

 

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Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul?

—John Keats (1795-1821), letter to his brother George Keats, 1819

Saturday, June 1st

basement jukebox

Gus Jinkins (aka Jenkins), “You Told Me” (G. Jinkins [aka Jenkins]), 1956

 

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new red flowers
have bloomed . . .
pure water over moss

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

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, May 29th

The world today: two guys from Ukraine—DJs/producers—playing a set in Rio de Janiero.

Artbat, live, 2019

 

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Mountain streams flow down
into each other
out of their sounds

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Tuesday, May 28th

sounds of Ukraine

Attitude needs no translation.

Alyona Alyona, “Голови,” 2018

 

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. . . all news feels foreign today . . .

—Mike McCormack, Solar Bones

Friday, May 24th

basement jukebox

Herbie Duncan with Red Wells and his Caravans from St. Louis, “Hot Lips Baby” (H. Duncan), 1958

 

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I believe in the soul; so far
It hasn’t made much difference.

—Charles Simic (1938-), from “The Old World”

Friday, May 10th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Joy Division, “Disorder,” 1972 (Trainspotting, 1996)

 

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The Poets light but Lamps –
Themselves – go out –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 930 (Franklin)

Sunday, May 5th

sounds of Mississippi

Mississippi Mass Choir (featuring  Frank Williams [1947-1993] and Angela Curry), “Near the Cross,” live, 1989

 

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You have to change to stay the same.

—Willem de Kooning, 1904-1997 (Richard Shiff, Between Sense and de Kooning2011)

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random sights

this morning, Westchester, Ill.

Friday, May 3rd

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Corbett v. Dempsey.

Ken Vandermark (reeds) and Nate Wooley (trumpet), live, Copenhagen, 2016

 

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Forever – is composed of Nows –

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

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