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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.

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)

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

Friday, September 21st

sweet soul music

Ry Cooder featuring The Hamiltones, “I Can’t Win,” Danbury, Conn., 2018

 

Thursday, September 13th

basement jukebox

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (R. Shannon), 1967

 

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“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (C. Moman, D. Penn), 1967

 

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“Respect” (O. Redding), 1967

 

Tuesday, August 21st

what’s new

Tower of Power, live, Washington, D.C., 8/13/18

 

Friday, August 17th

passings

Aretha Franklin, singer, pianist, March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018

Today we remember her by revisiting previous posts.

10/18/09

Here—at the funeral service for Bishop David L. Ellis, pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith—Aretha testifies.

Aretha Franklin, “Never Grow Old,” live, Detroit, 1996

 

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[A] lengthy service was perceived to be an honor to the deceased—a testimony to the great impact of his or her life. Consider the 1996 funeral of Bishop David Ellis Sr., pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith, whose services stretched over three days. His body was laid to rest in a $30,000 gold-plated casket that was ‘propped at an angle in the church aisle so mourners could see his body resting on red velvet cushions.’—Karla FC Holloway (in Passed On: African American Mourning Stories [2002])

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10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993

 

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My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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11/1/09

Aretha didn’t have to wait until she was grown to be great. She was great when she was 14.

Aretha Franklin (at 14, vocal and piano), “Precious Lord,” live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, was pastor), 1956

 

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10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live

 

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“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

 

Want more? Here.

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Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

 

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12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

 

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4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

 

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1/6/13

The other day, in the wake of Inez’s [Andrews] passing, we heard several takes on this. How about another?

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir), “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” live, Los Angeles, 1972

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6/23/14

passings

Gerry Goffin, lyricist, February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014

The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1961

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The Drifters, “Up on the Roof” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1962


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Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), 1967

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1/1/16

What better way to start the new year?

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

Friday, July 27th

sweet soul music

Anthony Hamilton, live, Washington, D.C., 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, June 21st

basement jukebox

Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” 1966

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Our share of night to bear –
Our share of morning –
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning –

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way!
Here a mist – and there a mist –
Afterwards – Day!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 116 (Franklin)

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