music clip of the day

jazz/blues/rock/classical/gospel/more

Category: reading table

Friday, June 8th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Like a Rolling Stone” (B. Dylan), live, England (Coventry), 6/2/18

 

lagniappe

reading table

The Death Deal
by Ron Padgett (1942-)

Ever since that moment
when it first occurred
to me that I would die
(like everyone on earth!)
I struggled against
this eventuality, but
never thought of
how I’d die, exactly,
until around thirty
I made a mental list:
hit by car, shot
in head by random ricochet,
crushed beneath boulder,
victim of gas explosion,
head banged hard
in fall from ladder, vaporized in plane crash,
dwindling away with cancer,
and so on. I tried to think
of which I’d take
if given the choice,
and came up time
and again with He died
in his sleep.
Now that I’m officially old,
though deep inside not
old officially or otherwise,
I’m oddly almost cheered
by the thought
that I might find out
in the not too distant future.
Now for lunch.

Monday, May 28th

what’s new

Is anyone in pop music farther out?

Björk, “Blissing Me,” TV show (Later . . . with Jools Holland, BBC), 5/26/18

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

I am flowering and dying.

—Peter Gizzi, from “Tradition & The Indivisible Talent”

Wednesday, May 23rd

3n
day two

Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, vocals; Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni, vocals; Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

“Eh Ya Ye”

 

***

“Kanimba”

 

***

“Guede”

 

***

“Dissa”

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

the morning light is in us

—Peter Gizzi, from “Lullaby”

Tuesday, May 22nd

3n
day one

Sounding Tears Trio (Mat Maneri, viola; Evan Parker, soprano saxophone; Lucian Ban, piano), live, Bucharest, 2017

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

where there’s people
there’s flies
and Buddhas

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

Wednesday, May 16th

passings

Glenn Branca, composer, guitarist, October 6, 1948-May 13, 2018

Live, Washington, D.C., 2012

 

***

Live (Symphony No. 16 [Orgasm], First Mvt.), Paris, 2015

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

That was fast.
I mean life.

—Ron Padgett, “Haiku”

Saturday, May 5th

There are all kinds of gospel.

“I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” (S. O’Connor), Bettye LaVette, live, New York, 2012

 

*****

Here’s the original recording.

Sinead O’Connor, 1990

 

**********

lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Good night, because we must!
How intricate the Dust!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 97 (Franklin; excerpt)

Tuesday, April 24th

More beauty?

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Sacconi Quartet, live, London, 2015

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Haas)

Tuesday, April 17th

serendipity

Last night I bumped into these guys via a live webcast from Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. As here, their performance had what a friend calls “gather.”

Aram Shelton (alto saxophone), Håkon Berre (drums), live, Copenhagen, 2017

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

cherry blossoms—
to my lowly sleeve
they cling

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

Sunday, April 15th

basement jukebox

Swan Silvertones, “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep,” 1958

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

Some, too fragile for winter winds
The thoughtful grave encloses –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 91 (Franklin; excerpt)

Wednesday, April 4th

more

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

**********

lagniappe

reading table

We humans—
squirming around
among the blossoming flowers.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

%d bloggers like this: