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Tag: Kobayashi Issa

Sunday, September 6th

alone

Bessie Jones (1902-1984), “I’m A Rollin’, I’m A Rollin’ (Everybody’s A Rollin’ Stone),” 1961, New York (Alan Lomax’s apartment)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago

*****

reading table

to become a dewdrop
I bow
in prayer . . .

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

Saturday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have

Jon Hassell (1937-, trumpet), “Sketches of the Mediterranean” (with Paolo Fresu, trumpet, flugelhorn; Rick Cox, guitar; Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche, violin; Peter Freeman, bass), live, France (Junas), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

a knotwood-eating bug
likes what it likes . . .
evening dew

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

Saturday, August 29th

alone

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les sauvages; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Fly, butterfly!
I feel the dust of this world
weighting my body!

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

Sunday, August 23rd

more

Brother Theotis Taylor (piano, vocals), “Sending up My Timber,” 1979

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

The maiden flower,
amazingly, stands idly
in the empty field

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

Saturday, August 22nd

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K. 466), excerpt (Third Mvt.); Hélène Grimaud (1969-, piano) with Camerata Salzburg, University of Salzburg (Austria), published 8/21/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

A world of trials,
and if the cherry blossoms,
it simply blossoms

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

Saturday, August 15th

sounds in the dark

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Clarinet and String Quartet (1983); KOAN Quartet and Katie Porter (clarinet), live, Los Angeles, 2/15/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

In the beggar’s tin
a few thin copper coins
and this evening rain

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

Friday, July 31st

Something sweet for the strangest summer ever.

Bill Frisell (guitar) with Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar), Tony Scherr (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums), “Surfer Girl” (B. Wilson), live, France (Nevers), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Brilliant moon,
is it true that you too
must pass in a hurry

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

Sunday, July 19th

basement jukebox: sounds of Shreveport

B. L. Blade (Pastor Brady L. Blade Sr., 1939-, Zion Baptist Church; father of drummers Brady L. Blade Jr. and Brian Blade), “By His Grace We’ve Come a Long Way” (Parts I and II), 1982

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

bobbing and weaving
a know-nothing bird sings . . .
fallen leaves

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

Monday, July 6th

alone

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), “Sonnet” (P. Brennan), 2018

 

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Another take.

Recording, 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park Conservatory)

*****

reading table

This world of dew
is only a world of dew—
and yet

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

Wednesday, June 24th

another take

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K. 457); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000, piano), live, Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

My old village lies
far beyond what we can see,
but there the lark is singing

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

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