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Tuesday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959

 

Wednesday, March 8th

sounds of Detroit

John Lee Hooker (1912-2001), “Boom Boom” (J.L. Hooker), live, 1960s


The world may be going to hell, faster than ever, but in the meantime, at YouTube, this has over 11 million views.

Sunday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959


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art beat

Helen Levitt (MCOTD Hall of Fame), New York, early 1940s

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Friday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


*****

Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


*****

Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


*****

Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


*****

Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


*****

John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959

Thursday, December 25th

Merry Christmas

Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925


*****

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


*****

Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


*****

Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


*****

Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


*****

Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


*****

Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


*****

John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959

Wednesday, December 25th

Christmas ain’t all reindeer and candy canes.

Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929


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Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959

Sunday, 3/4/12

going back home

Davis Sisters, “I Believe I’ll Go Back Home”
TV Gospel Time (introduced by Brother Joe May), early 1960s

More? Here. And here.

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Here’s a secular take.

John Lee Hooker, “I Believe I’ll Go Back Home” (That’s My Story: John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues, 1960)

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reading table

Home is never what you think it is.

Meaning lies in meaning’s absence. The mist
Is always just about to lift.

—J. Allyn Rosser, “Sugar Dada” (excerpt)

Friday, 12/25/09

John Lee Hooker, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dinu Lipatti: where else would you find these three artists together, performing back to back, besides a cyberstage?

John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas” (1949)

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, flute, stritch), “We Free Kings” (1961)

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Dinu Lipatti, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Johann Sebastian Bach/Hess transcription (1947)

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