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Monday, October 2nd

Skip James (1902-1969), “Devil Got My Woman,” 1931

 

Sometimes I think this song defines the limits of what is humanly possible. Sometimes I think it exceeds them.

—Michael Robbins, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music (2017)

Monday, August 21st

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), In the Light of Air (2013/2014); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014

 

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musical thoughts

Suppose that, for the rest of your listening life, you had two options. One: You could only listen to things you’d never heard before. Two: You could never listen to anything new. Which would you choose?

Thursday, June 1st

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

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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)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, May 31st

two takes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live


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Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), live


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Whenever life begins to crush me, I know I can rely on Bandol, garlic, and Mozart.

—Jim Harrison (1937-2016), A Really Big Lunch (2017)

 

Tuesday, May 30th

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Anna Clyne (1980-), Within Her Arms (2008-2009)
Metropolis Ensemble (Andrew Cyr, cond.), live, New York, 2010

 

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Never underestimate the power of music: the right sounds, heard at the right time, can change your life.

Monday, February 6th

not the same old stuff

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


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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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Is any art more intimate?

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Thursday, October 6th

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


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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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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”

 

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