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Friday, December 7th

This is Jimmy’s brother.

Syl Johnson, “Take Me to the River” (A. Green, M. Hodges), 1974

 

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Another take.

Live (with Howard Grimes [drums], Leroy Hodges [bass], et al.), Memphis

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 4th

timeless

This guy, whom I worked with in the 1970s, co-producing this track and a few others for Alligator Records (Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1), just turned ninety. One of my sons, now older than I was then, heard him the other night at a Chicago club, where, he said, his guitar playing was “robust.” How wonderful to be ninety years old and robust. How wonderful, too, to be able to share music with a son.

“Breaking up Somebody’s Home” (T. Matthews, A. Jackson), 1978

 

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Here he is forty years later.

“People Get Ready” (C. Mayfield), “That’s All Right,” Chicago, 2018

 

Friday, November 30th

off the hook

Erykah Badu, live (TV show), 2015

 

Monday, November 26th

what’s new

Lil Wayne (feat. Post Malone), “What About Me,” 11/9/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, November 17th

more

Anderson .Paak (feat. Kendrick Lamar), “Tints,” 10/28/18 (Oxnard, 11/15/18)

 

Friday, November 16th

what’s new

Anderson .Paak (feat. Q-Tip), “Cheers” (Oxnard), 11/15/18

 

Saturday, November 3rd

basement jukebox

“The Only Way Is Up” (G. Jackson, J. Henderson)

Otis Clay (1942-2016), 1980

 

A few years after Otis Clay recorded this song for his small Chicago label, another version was released in England, where it topped the charts for several weeks.

Yazz (1960-), 1988

 

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lagniappe

reading table

It is Spring in the mountains.
I come alone seeking you.
The sound of chopping wood echoes
Between the silent peaks.
The streams are still icy.
There is snow on the trail.
At sunset I reach your grove
In the stony mountain pass.
You want nothing, although at night
You can see the aura of gold
And silver ore all around you.
You have learned to be gentle
As the mountain deer you have tamed.
The way back forgotten, hidden
Away, I become like you,
An empty boat, floating, adrift.

—Tu Fu (aka Du Fu, 712-729), “Written on the Wall of Chang’s Hermitage” (translated from Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth)

Thursday, October 25th

basement jukebox

Little Ann (aka Ann Bridgeforth [1945-2003]), “Deep Shadows, rec. 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Elmhurst, Ill. (Prairie Path)

Monday, October 22nd

more

Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica [1934-1998]) with Buddy Guy (guitar), Phil Guy (guitar), A.C. Reed (tenor saxophone), et al., live (TV show), Chicago, early ’70s

“Little by Little”

 

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“Mystery Train”

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 20th

basement jukebox

Sam Fletcher, “I’d Think It Over,” 1964

 

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lagniappe

random sights

July 26, 2018, Monhegan Island, Maine

 

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reading table

Sea foam. The tide seems to burst, like a muffled, distant explosion of which we should be seeing only the smoke.

The Journal of Jules Renard (translated from French by Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget), August, 1887

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