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Monday, November 28th

passings

Gal Costa, singer, September 26, 1945–November 9, 2022

“Sua Estupidez” (R. Carlos), live (TV show), 2002

Gal Costa, one of Brazil’s greatest singers and a model for generations of Brazilian performers, died on Wednesday at her home in São Paulo. She was 77.

Her death was announced on her social media accounts. No cause was cited.

Ms. Costa’s voice, a lustrous mezzo-soprano, was a marvel of grace and vitality, equally capable of gravity-defying delicacy, tart teasing, jazzy agility and rock intensity. Over a recording career that spanned more than 50 years and three dozen albums, she championed innovative Brazilian songwriters and cross-fertilized Brazilian regional styles with international pop and rock.

In the 1960s, Ms. Costa was at the forefront of tropicália, the movement that brought psychedelic experimentation and anti-authoritarian irreverence to Brazilian pop music. When the leading songwriters of tropicália, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, were forced into exile by Brazil’s dictatorship, from 1969 to 1972, Ms. Costa recorded their songs for Brazilian listeners.

New York Times obituary (excerpt), 11/9/22 (Jon Pareles)

Wednesday, November 9th

more

Sunday night, in Glasgow, Robert Plant, remembering Mimi Parker, covered two of Low’s songs.

“Monkey”

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“Everybody’s Song”

Tuesday, November 8th

passings

Mimi Parker, singer, drummer, songwriter, cofounder of Low, 1967–November 5, 2022

Low, “Days Like These,” 2021

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, September 13th

alone

Lukas Ligeti (1965-), “Thinking Songs” (2015), Mvt. III (Four-Part Invention); Caitlin Jones (marimba), 2021

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lagniappe

passings

William Klein, photographer, filmmaker, April 19, 1926–September 10, 2022

Dance in Brooklyn, New York, 1955

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Saturday, August 27th

passings

Jaimie Branch, trumpeter, composer, singer, bandleader, June 17, 1983–August 22, 2022

Live (with Lester St. Louis [cello], Jason Ajemian [bass], Chad Taylor [drums]), Zurich, Switzerland, 2020

#1

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#2

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 12th

passings

Syl Johnson, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, July 1, 1936–February 6, 2022

“Different Strokes,” 1967

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“Is It Because I’m Black” (S. Johnson, et al.), 1969

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“Take Me to the River” (A. Green, M. Hodges), 1975

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, February 2nd

passings

Jimmy Johnson, singer, guitarist, November 25, 1928–January 31, 2022

“Cold, Cold Feeling” (J. M. Robinson), live, San Francisco, 2015

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Sam Lay, drummer, March 20, 1935–January 29, 2022

Sam Lay in Bluesland (trailer), 2014

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 15th

passings

Stephen Sondheim, composer, March 22, 1930–November 26, 2021

Terry Teachout, critic (among other things), February 6, 1956–January 13, 2022 (this was his “favorite Sondheim,” according to Scott Simon on this morning’s Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR])

Bernadette Peters, “Not a Day Goes By” (Merrily We Roll Along), live, London, 1998

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lagniappe

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, August 23rd

passings

Don Everly, singer, guitarist, songwriter, February 1, 1937-August 21, 2021

When I was a little boy, my brother and I played this record, over and over, on our basement jukebox. Music comes and goes; the earliest songs remain.

Everly Brothers, “Wake Up Little Susie” (F. Bryant, B. Bryant), 1957

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, February 28th

another take

Rev. Paul Jones, “I Won’t Complain” (P. Jones), live, Texas (Texas City), 1989

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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passings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919–February 22, 2021), poet, publisher, bookstore owner

“The World Is a Beautiful Place,” City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

 

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