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Tag: Emily Dickinson

Thursday, May 20th

alone

John Cage (1912-1992), Sonata X for prepared piano (1946-48); Tim Ovens, live, published 2009

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lagniappe

reading table

Forever – is composed of Nows –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 690 (Franklin)

Thursday, March 4th

basement jukebox

Irma Thomas (1941-), “Time Is on My Side” (J. Ragovoy, J. Norman), 1964

 

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Wild night – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 269 (Johnson)

Thursday, February 25th

sounds of New York

Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Tom Rainey (drums), Brandon Lopez (bass), with artwork by Yuko Otomo, live (performance begins at 4:00), New York, 2/23/21

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

I can wade Grief –
Whole pools of it –
I’m used to that –
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet –
And I tip – drunken –
Let no Pebble – smile –
‘Twas the New Liquor –
That was All!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 312 (Franklin)

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Saturday, January 2nd

2n

Daniel Carter (flute, trumpet, tenor saxophone) and Hamid Drake (percussion, voice; MCOTD Hall of Fame), live, New York, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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Civilization – spurns – the Leopard!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Sunday, December 13th

another take

“Mary Don’t You Weep” (trad.), Caravans (feat. Inez Andrews), 1958

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

The Star’s whole secret – in the Lake –
Eyes were not meant to know.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 450 (Franklin)

Friday, December 11th

more

Ela Minus, live (“Porch Song [by Jesse and Forever]/Jamaica”), New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Who has not found the Heaven – below –
Will fail of it above –
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove –

—Emily Dickinson, 1609 (Franklin)

Happy (belated) birthday, Emily (b. December 10, 1830).

Monday, September 7th

serendipity

This morning I stumbled upon this after encountering the phrase “the crowded air” in an Emily Dickinson poem (229 [Franklin], “Musicians wrestle everywhere –”) and googling it. The moment it ended, I wanted to hear it again.

Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), The Crowded Air (1988); Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, April 13th

what’s new

Andrea Bocelli (1958-, voice), Music for Hope (“Panis Angelicus” (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61), César Franck; “Ave Maria,” CG 89a (arr. from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846), Charles-François Gounod; “Sancta Maria” (arr. from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo), Pietro Mascagni; “Domine Deus” (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”), Gioachino Antonio Rossini; “Amazing Grace,” John Newton), live, Italy (Milan), 4/12/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 314 (Franklin)

Sunday, February 9th

back to church

“I Have Crossed That Separating Line,” Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Chester, S.C., 2001

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

I shall keep singing!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 270 (Franklin)

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