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Tuesday, September 12th

Sometimes a simple melody can be more than enough.

Frank Lacy and 10³²K (FL, trombone; Kevin Ray, bass; Andrew Drury,  percussion), “I’ll Be Right Here Waiting” (S. McCall), live, Troy, N.Y., 2016

 

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from the mist
stinging insects
emerge

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

Monday, September 11th

It was, I recall, a cloudless morning in Chicago, as it was in New York. I had a hearing scheduled in federal court, but then, after the second plane hit, court was cancelled. We sat in front of the TV, unable to turn away.

William Basinski, “Disintegration Loop 1.1,” 2001

 

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Photograph from September 11
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012; MCOTD Hall of Fame), translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.

There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.

They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just opened.

I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

Sunday, September 10th

Aretha testifies

Live, Detroit (New Bethel Church), 1987

 

Saturday, September 9th

Need a break from listening to yourself?

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Nocturne for solo violin (1994)
Alexi Kenney (violin), live, New York, 2016

 

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

Whatever we’re dealing with catches us
in mid-reconsideration. It’s beautiful,
my lord, just not made to be repeated,
that’s all.

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It was a moment, what can I say.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “A Breakfast Radish,” “Domani, Dopodomani” (fragments), Breezeway (2015)

Friday, September 8th

summer in the city

Blink-182, live, Chicago, 8/4/17

 

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

How little we know,
and when we know it!

*****

We close in on ourselves,
then yelp that the world is awry.

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We had macaroni for lunch every day
except Sunday, when a small quail was induced
to be served to us. Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.

—”Like A Sentence,” “Tahiti Trot,” “This Room” (fragments)

Thursday, September 7th

another take

Morton Feldman (1927-1986; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Cup Decorated with the Figure of a Bathing Girl, 1887-88 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

What will it all be like in five years’ time
when you try to remember?

—”For John Clare” (fragment)

Wednesday, September 6th

one of the most absorbing pieces I know

Morton Feldman (1927-1986; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

(Rothko Chapel, located in Houston, reportedly was not damaged by Harvey.)

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

. . . as though wondering
whether forgetting
The whole thing might not, in the end, be the only solution.

—Soonest Mended (fragment)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Light Within (2007); Faculty & Fellows, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Mass., 2016

 

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

The bad news is the ship hasn’t arrived;
the good news is it hasn’t left yet.

—He Who Loves And Runs Away (fragment; Planisphere, 2009)

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, September 4th

sounds of Amsterdam

Michael Vatcher, percussion (Angels’ Share, sculpture exhibition, Herbert Nouens; Westerpark, Sculpture Park), 2014

 

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John Ashbery, July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017

Alcove (Planisphere, 2009)

Is it possible that spring could be
once more approaching? We forget each time
what a mindless business it is, porous like sleep,
adrift on the horizon, refusing to take sides, “mugwump
of the final hour,” lest an agenda—horrors!—be imputed to it,
and the whole point of its being spring collapse
like a hole dug in sand. It’s breathy, though,
you have to say that for it.

And should further seasons coagulate
into years, like spilled, dried paint, why,
who’s to say we weren’t provident? We indeed
looked out for others as though they mattered, and they,
catching the spirit, came home with us, spent the night
in an alcove from which their breathing could be heard clearly.
But it’s not over yet. Terrible incidents happen
daily. That’s how we get around obstacles.

Sunday, September 3rd

old school

Bessemer Sunset Four, “Lord I’m Troubled” (1928-30)

 

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