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Wednesday, July 1st

never enough

Need a break from America 2020?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (K. 467); Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Herbert von Karajan, 1908-1989, cond.) with Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), live, Switzerland (Lucerne), 1950

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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The undisguised brutality of our time is weighing heavily on us.

—Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), letter to Oskar Pfister, 1/27/20, two days after his daughter Sophie died of Spanish flu

Wednesday, June 24th

another take

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K. 457); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000, piano), live, Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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My old village lies
far beyond what we can see,
but there the lark is singing

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

Tuesday, June 23rd

alone

Aruan Ortiz (1973-, piano), live, 6/11/20

 

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lagniappe

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Pure white plum blossoms
slowly begin to turn
the color of dawn

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, June 22nd

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K. 457); Micah McLaurin (1994-, piano), live, Philadelphia, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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In seasonal rain
along a nameless river
fear too has no name

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, June 19th

what’s new

Little Dragon, “Rush,” “Where You Belong,” “Forever,” “Every Rain,”  live (home studio), Sweden (Gothenburg), 6/18/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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These lazy spring days
continue—but how far away
those times called Long Ago!

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, June 15th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

His music I first encountered over 40 years ago, and it’s been a perpetual source of joy and inspiration ever since.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (HT, 1944-, alto saxophone, composition [MCOTD Hall of Fame]; Jose Dávila, tuba; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Stomu Takeishi, bass; Elliot Kavee, drums), live, Italy ( Cormòns), 2008

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

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

Sunday, June 14th

testify!

The Meditation Singers, “Don’t You Want to Go” (E. Rundless), live, 1960s

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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I dance, for the joy of surviving,
on the edge of the road.

—Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006), from “An Old Cracked Tune”

Saturday, June 13th

One-word review: Wow!

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), String Quartet No. 1 (1971); Armida Quartet (Martin Funda, violin; Johanna Staemmler, violin; Teresa Schwamm, viola; Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello) with Manaho Shimokawa (dance), live, Berlin, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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With dewdrops dripping,
I wish somehow I could wash
this perishing world

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

Thursday, June 11th

like nothing else

Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Nonet  (Evan Parker, saxophone; Barry Guy, bass; Paul Lytton, drums; Peter Evans, trumpet; Okkyung Lee, cello; Sten Sandell, piano; Richard Barrett, electronics; Paul Obermayer, electronics; Sam Pluta, electronics), live, France (Mulhouse), 2015

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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A melancholic introspection retrospective
Was taking place in a white-walled room called Summer Was.

—Mary Jo Bang (1946-), from “Don’t” (Elegy, 2007)

Tuesday, June 9th

alone

This tiny piece, which calls out to us from the 18th century, I first heard yesterday. Then I listened again. And again.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les Tendres Plaintes; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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Sweet springtime showers
and no words can express
how sad it all is

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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