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Sunday, October 18th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change,” 1929

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, June 16th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change,” recorded 12/10/1929 (New Orleans)

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Within this temporal body composed of a hundred bones and nine holes there resides a spirit which, for lack of an adequate name, I think of as windblown.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), The Knapsack Notebook (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Sunday, May 20th

six takes

“Nobody’s Fault but Mine” (aka “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine”)

Ry Cooder, 2018

 

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Pops Staples, 2015 (recorded 1998)

 

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Willie Nelson, 2010

 

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Nina Simone, 1969

 

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1949

 

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Blind Willie Johnson, 1927

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, April 30th

two takes

“Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right” (W. Johnson)

Ry Cooder, live (studio), 4/18/18 (published)

 

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Blind Willie Johnson (with Willie B. Harris), 4/20/1930 (recorded)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, April 24th

two takes

“Trouble Will Soon Be Over”

Blind Willie Johnson, 1930


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Sinead O’Connor, 2016 (God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson)


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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Sunday, October 4th

never enough

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Motherless Children Have a Hard Time” (record mislabeled “Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time”), 1927

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Bellwood, Ill. (MOMS Garden [Mothers of Murdered Sons])

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Sunday, September 20th

never enough

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed,” 1927


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

How many of this year’s recordings will be played in 2103?

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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Sunday, September 14th

His music, which I’ve been listening to for over forty years, never grows old. If anything, the opposite is true. Year after year, it gets stronger, deeper, fresher.

Blind Willie Johnson, “Trouble Will Soon Be Over” (with Willie B. Harris), 1929


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lagniappe

reading table

I love the past tense, but you can’t live there.

—John Koethe, “Stele” (fragment; ROTC Kills, 2012)

Sunday, March 30th

two takes

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “I’m Gonna Run to the City of Refuge,” 1928


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Dr. C. J. Johnson (1913-1991), “You Better Run to the City of Refuge”


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lagniappe

art beat

Danny Lyon (1942-), New York, 1967

2010-1-1

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the beat goes on

Sixteen hundred posts—and counting.

Sunday, January 5th

five takes

“If I Had My Way I’d Tear The Building Down,” AKA “If I Had My Way,” “Samson and Delilah”

Blind Willie Johnson, recording, 1927

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Reverend Gary Davis, live (TV show)

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Peter Paul & Mary, live (TV show)

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Grateful Dead, live, New York (Radio City Music Hall), 1980

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Bruce Springsteen, live, Italy (Verona), 2006

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