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Saturday, May 5th

There are all kinds of gospel.

“I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” (S. O’Connor), Bettye LaVette, live, New York, 2012

 

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Here’s the original recording.

Sinead O’Connor, 1990

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Good night, because we must!
How intricate the Dust!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 97 (Franklin; excerpt)

Saturday, February 24th

two takes

“Things Have Changed” (B. Dylan)

Bob Dylan, live

 

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Bettye LaVette, 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him
Having Reached Sixty-Five
by W.S. Graham (1918-1986)

What are you going to do
With what is left of yourself
Now among the rustling
Of your maybe best years?
This is not an auto-elegy
With me pouring my heart
Out into where you
Differently stand or sit
On the Epidaurus steps.
What shall I say to myself
Having put myself down
On to a public page?

Where am I going now?
And where are you going
Tricked into reading
Words of my later life?
Let me pretend you are
Roughly of my age.
Are you a boy or a girl?
And what has happened to you?

Look at the chirping various
Leaves of Mr Graham’s
Spanking summer. Where are
You at? I know my face
Has changed. My hair has blanched
Into a wrong disguise
Sitting on top of my head.

Beside each other perched
On the Epidaurus steps.
Where am I going to go?
Shall I rise to follow
The thin sound of the goats
Tinkling their bells?

Monday, February 12th

two takes

“In My Secret Life” (L. Cohen, S. Robinson)

Bettye LaVette, live, Montreal, 2017

 

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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), live

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Could live – did live –
Could die – did die –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 59 (Franklin; excerpt)

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