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Sunday, December 22nd

never enough

Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates, 1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “I Won’t Let Go” (D. Coates), live (TV show), 1964




other day, Oak Park, Ill.


reading table

To limber your sensibility, stalk the aesthetic everywhere: cracks in a sidewalk, people’s ways of walking. The aesthetic isn’t bounded by art, which merely concentrates it for efficient consumption. If you can’t put a mental frame around, and relish, the accidental aspect of a street or a person, or really of anything, you will respond to art only sluggishly.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art of Dying,” New Yorker, 12/23/19

Sunday, November 24th

never enough

Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates, 1928-2002, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “You’ve Been Good to Me” (D. Coates), 1964




random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, 4/24/11

Take me to the water . . .

Take Me To The Water:
Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography
(Dust-to-Digital 2009)

Vodpod videos no longer available.



reading table

Three Lilies

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in
the morning.” Psalm 30

Before dawn, under a thin moon disappearing
east, the planet Mercury, the messenger
and healer, came up vanishingly
into the blue beyond the garden where
three lilies at the bottom of the yard
arrayed white trumpets on iron stalks
under a slow, slow lightning from the sun.
I stood on a rotten step myself,
and smelled them from a hundred feet away.

—Brooks Haxton (Uproar: Antiphonies to Psalms)


listening room: what’s playing

Billy Bang Quintet, Above and Beyond (Justin Time)

• The Complete Atlantic Recordings of Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh (Mosaic)

Bunky Green, The Salzau Quartet Live at Jazz Baltica (Traumton)

Bombino, Agadez (Cumbancha)

Friedrich Gulda, The Complete Gulda Mozart Tapes (Deutsche Grammaphon)

Maryanne Amacher, Sound Characters (Tzadik)

The Original Gospel Harmonettes (featuring Dorothy Love Coates), Love Lifted Me (Charly)

Rev. Johnny L. Jones, The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta (Dust-to-Digital)

Sinner’s Crossroads, Kevin Nutt, WFMU-FM (Thursday, 8-9 p.m. [EST])

Gospel Memories, Bob Marovich, WLUW-FM (Saturday 10-11 a.m. [CST])

Bird Flight, Phil Schaap, WKCR-FM (M-F, 8:20-9:30 a.m. [EST])

Charles Mingus Birthday Broadcast, WKCR-FM, 4/22/11

Sunday, 4/18/10

Some singers—like this one, featured a few weeks ago—you just can’t get enough of.

Dorothy Love Coates & the Gospel Harmonettes

“(You Can’t Hurry God) He’s Right On Time,” live (TV broadcast)

(This song, written by DLC, reportedly inspired the Supremes’ hit “You Can’t Hurry Love” [Holland-Dozier-Holland].)


“You Must Be Born Again,” live (TV broadcast)


“It’s Getting Late In The Evening,” live, Los Angeles, 1955

Want more? Here.

Sunday, 3/28/10




Long after a song has ended, you still hear that voice.

Dorothy Love Coates & the Gospel Harmonettes

“They Won’t Believe,” live (TV broadcast)


“That’s Alright With Me”


“I’m Just Holding On,” live (TV broadcast)



Were gospel to be more publicly acclaimed, she [Dorothy Love Coates] might have the stature of a Billie Holiday or a Judy Garland. Instead, for thousands of black people, she is the message carrier.—Anthony Heilbut, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times (6th ed. 2002)


[I]t was obvious that Keith [Richards] and Gram [Parsons] enjoyed spending time together. . . . [W]e just all cared deeply about the same things. We just loved, for instance, to sit and listen to Dorothy Love Coates, the gospel singer.—Stanley Booth


Want more gospel?

A couple weeks ago I mentioned Bob Marovich’s radio show on WLUW-FM (Saturday, 10-11 a.m. [CST]). Another wonderful gospel radio show is Kevin Nutt’s “Sinner’s Crossroads” on WFMU-FM (Thursday, 7-8 p.m. [EST]). Kevin describes the show this way: “Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs; a little preachin’, a little salvation, a little audio tomfoolery.” If you can’t catch it live, don’t worry—you can listen anytime.

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