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Sunday, July 18th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), with his wife, Willie B. Harris, “The Rain Don’t Fall on Me,” 1930

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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She’s put the child to sleep
and now she washes clothes
under the summer moon.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

Friday, May 28th

what’s new

Laurie Anderson (1947-, vocals, electronics, violin, compositions) with Roma Baran (synthesizer), Rubin Kodheli (cello), live (“Let x=x,” “Violin Cello Improv,” “O Superman”), New York, published 5/20/21

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

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The distant mountains
are reflected in the eye
of the dragonfly

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, April 19th

Why not begin the week, in this battered world, with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Sila: The Breath of the World (2014); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (featuring students from the Brass and Percussion Departments; Timothy Weiss, cond.), live, Oberlin, Ohio, 9/11/20

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, April 18th

timeless

R. H. Harris (1916-2000; :30-) and His Gospel Paraders, “Have You Got Good Religion,” live (TV show [TV Gospel Time]), 1960s

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

My spring is just this:
a single bamboo shoot,
a willow branch

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, March 8th

More beauty?

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Sacconi Quartet, live, London, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Haas)

Tuesday, December 15th

sounds of Chicago

Little Rootie Tootie (Juli Wood, tenor saxophone; Dustin Laurenzi, tenor saxophone; Katie Ernst, bass; Greg Artry, drums) playing Thelonious Monk, live (performance begins at 13:00), Chicago (Constellation), 12/12/20

 

MVP?

The drummer (Greg Artry): he lifts everybody.

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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farewell! farewell!
hands waving
in the mist

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Saturday, December 5th

sounds of Chicago

The Bridge: Separatist Party (Ben LaMar Gay, cornet; Fred Jackson, alto saxophone, flute; Marvin Tate, vocals; Mike Reed, drums, keyboard; Jakob Heineman, bass; Nolan Chin, piano, keyboard), live (performance starts at 13:00), Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Even this mountain
moss grows flowers all its own—
thus nature bestows

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, December 4th

sounds of Colombia

Ela Minus, live (studio), Colombia (Bogota), published 9/10/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

On the street corner
the blind musician dances,
fan held high overhead

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, November 27th

what’s new

How strange, and surprising, this word seems today—”fun.”

Emmet Cohen Trio (EC, piano; Russell Hall, bass; Kyle Poole, drums) featuring Cyrille Aimée (vocals), “La Vie En Rose” (E. Piaf, et al.), live, published 11/6/20

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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In cherry blossom
shadows, no one, really, is
a stranger now.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, November 8th

sounds of Detroit

Detroit Mass Choir, “The Storm Is Passing Over” (C. Tindley, D. Vails), live, Detroit, 2001

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

No matter how hard
I try, I can’t stop thinking
of my old village

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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