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Thursday, February 7th

sounds of the Netherlands

Binkbeats (drums, percussion, bass, electronics) feat. Niels Broos (keyboards), “Little Nerves,” live (studio), Netherlands (Utrecht), 2017

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, February 6th

timeless

Fats Waller (1904-1943, piano, vocals), “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (F. E. Ahlert, J. Young), 1935

 

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Monadnock Building, 1891-93)

Tuesday, February 5th

Yesterday, listening to this while driving to see a client at an outlying jail, I was reminded, again, that hearing the right music at the right time can change your entire day.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Oscar Shumsky (1917-2000), violin, 1979*

 

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*Sonata No. 1 in G minor: 00:01
Partita No. 1 in B minor: 17:04
Sonata No. 2 in A minor: 48:26
Partita No. 2 in D minor: 1:11:43
Sonata No. 3 in C major: 1:43:33
Partita No. 3 in E major: 2:07:17

Monday, February 4th

If told you had a week to live, what recordings would you want to listen to in your waning days? This, for me, would be one.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (Op. 28); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1933/34

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, February 3rd

sounds of Mississippi

Black Delta Religion (William Ferris, Mississippi, 1968), trailer

 

The complete film, which lasts fourteen (riveting) minutes, is available here.

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris, released last year by Dust-to-Digital, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Historical Album, Best Liner Notes).

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 2nd

what’s new

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux (QN, tenor saxophone, composition; David Binney, alto saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano, keyboards, modular synthesizer; Nat Wood, drums; with guest Jason Barnsely, 1924 Kimball theatre organ), “Bounce,” video by Lee Hutzulak, 1/14/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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reading table

on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Wednesday, January 30th

sounds of New York

Zs, live, New York, 2015

 

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reading table

cold winter sky—
where will this wandering beggar
grow old?

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Tuesday, January 29th

basement jukebox

Buddy Guy, “First Time I Met the Blues” (E. Montgomery), 1960

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

I had been hungry, all the Years – 
My Noon had Come – to dine – 
I trembling drew the Table near – 
And touched the Curious Wine – 

‘Twas this on Tables I had seen – 
When turning, hungry, Home 
I looked in Windows, for the Wealth 
I could not hope – for Mine –

I did not know the ample Bread – 
‘Twas so unlike the Crumb 
The Birds and I, had often shared 
In Nature’s – Dining Room –

The Plenty hurt me – ’twas so new – 
Myself felt ill – and odd – 
As Berry – of a Mountain Bush – 
Transplanted – to a Road –

Nor was I hungry – so I found 
That Hunger – was a way 
Of Persons outside Windows – 
The Entering – takes away –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 439 (Franklin)

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