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Thursday, June 2nd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor (Op. 31, No. 2; 1801-02; “The Tempest”); Maria João Pires (1944-, piano), live, published 2018

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lagniappe

reading table

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

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

Sunday, May 29th

back to church

White Hill Hymn Choir, “Ezekiel Prophesize,” live, Mt. DoWell Baptist Church, McConnells, South Carolina, 1987

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reading table

Not once did I think
I’d throw these fresh spring blossoms
into this dense smoke
and stand back to watch it rise
and vanish into the sky

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

Tuesday, March 22nd

spring: another take

Sun Ra Arkestra (SR, 1914-1993, piano, composition; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again,” live, Rome, 1980

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Thus spring begins: old
stupidities repeated,
new errors invented.

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

Thursday, February 17th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 2015: Helmut Lachenmann (1935-), Mouvement (-Vor der Erstarrung), 1984

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A dry riverbed
glimpsed
by lightning.

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

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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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

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reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

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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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

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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reading table 

farewell! farewell!
hands waving
in the mist

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

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