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Tuesday, August 17th

basement jukebox

The Paragons, “The Tide Is High” (J. Holt, T. Evans, H. Barrett), 1967

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, September 22nd

passings

Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, singer, songwriter, December 8, 1942–September 11, 2020

The Maytals (later Toots and the Maytals), “Pressure Drop” (F. Hibbert), 1970 (original recording)

 

It’s a song about revenge, but in the form of karma: If you do bad things to innocent people, then bad things will happen to you. The title was a phrase I used to say. If someone done me wrong, rather than fight them like a warrior, I’d say: “The pressure’s going to drop on you.”

—Toots Hibbert, The Guardian, 9/6/16

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, July 25th

basement jukebox

Dobby Dobson (July 5, 1942-July 21, 2020), “I’m a Loving Pauper,” 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Narrow Road to the Interior (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Thursday, April 16th

sounds of Kingston

Desmond Dekker & The Aces, “007 (Shanty Town)” (D. Dekker), official music video (shot in Kingston, Jamaica), 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

We are survivors of immeasurable events,
Flung upon some reach of land,
Small, wet miracles without instructions,
Only the imperative of change.

—Rebecca Elson (1960-1999), “Evolution”

Thursday, January 23rd

basement jukebox

Alton Ellis (1938-2008), “Breaking Up,” 1968

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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