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Monday, February 6th

not the same old stuff

Dana Jessen (bassoon), Points Against Fields (Sam Pluta), live, Chicago, 2016


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musical thoughts

So many sounds, made by so many people, we’ll never hear, no matter how much we listen.

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Sunday, November 6th

Marion Williams (1927-1994), “I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song” (T.A. Dorsey), live, France, 1969


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musical thoughts

Is any art more intimate?

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Thursday, October 6th

more

Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, live, Washington, D.C., 10/3/16


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musical thoughts

Musicians wrestle everywhere –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)

Wednesday, October 5th

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing, together, at Constellation.

Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, “Fox Fire” (Duopoly), 2016

 

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musical thoughts

Is not all music, even the most niggardly, beautiful to the person who loves the very being and existence of music?

—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “The Walk” (translated from German by Christopher Middleton and Susan Bernofsky)

Monday, August 8th

sounds of Chicago

DJ Mike Dunn, live, Chicago (Gramaphone Records), 2015


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Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day,
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away.

—Prince, “1999”

 

Saturday, July 2nd

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Henry Threadgill (1944-, composer, alto saxophonist, flutist, bandleader, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner), playing and talking, 2010

Thursday, June 23rd

Music offers what airlines don’t—time travel.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Langsamer Satz (1905)
Faust Quartet


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art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

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Wednesday, June 8th

sounds of New York

Lea Bertucci, “The Cepheid Variations,” live, New York, 2015

 
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musical thoughts

New sounds are heard in the dark.

Monday, May 23rd

I love his approach to Mozart. He’s never fussy or mannered. He plays simply, directly—like a bird flying from tree to tree.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major (:07-), Fantasia in C major (22:42-), Sonata No. 14 in C minor (39:54-); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1990


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Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

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reading table

If, instead of the words ‘good’ or ‘right’ (or ‘sacred’) we use the words ‘beautiful’ or ‘pleasurable’ or ‘enlivening,’ . . . how would our lives be different?

—Adam Phillips, Unforbidden Pleasures (quoted in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review)

Tuesday, April 19th

MCOTD Hall of Famer—and, as of yesterday, Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid

Live, Poland (Warsaw), 2011


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Live, New York, 2013


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Live, Washington, D.C., 2013


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musical thoughts

All music is classical music, you know. I don’t put up boundaries on music.

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Of course I started out in an ethnic community, with the blues and church music and jazz. But that was just one place to start. You read fiction then you start reading nonfiction! You start reading biographies and scientific accounts. It doesn’t change where you came from. It just broadens it. That’s what we do, we keep building on the foundation where we come from. You don’t lose it, you just keep building on it.

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I think we’ve gotten used to the dissonant, so it’s not even dissonant any more.

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[W]e have no control over anything but what we do. I just try to stay hopeful: I don’t want to get too pessimistic about anything.

—Henry Threadgill, The Guardian, 4/18/16

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the beat goes on

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