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Tag: Matsuo Basho

Sunday, August 15th

sounds of Chicago

Golden Eagle Gospel Singers, “The Prodigal Son” (rec. 1939, Chicago)

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

For those who proclaim
they’ve grown weary of children,
there are no flowers

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Thursday, June 17th

alone

Steve Lacy (1934-2004; soprano saxophone, compositions), live (“Staples,” “Zeal,” “The Oil,” “The Owl,” “Torments”), Kyoto, Japan, 1975

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

Tuesday, April 27th

sounds of New York

Nate Wooley (trumpet, compositions), et al., Mutual Aid Music, live, New York, 12/11/20 ((performance begins at 6:40)

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Skylark
sings all day,
and day not long enough.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Friday, April 16th

what’s new

Adrianne Lenker (voice, guitar, compositions), live (“anything,” “zombie girl,” “half return,” “forwards beckon rebound”), published 3/2/21

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

With a warbler for
a soul, it sleeps peacefully,
this mountain willow

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, February 7th

timeless

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “God Don’t Never Change” (W. Johnson), 1929

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Midnight frost—
I’d borrow
the scarecrow’s shirt.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Wednesday, November 4th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 1 in G major; Lucia Swarts (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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reading table

This road—
no one goes down it,
autumn evening.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, August 9th

back to church

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone), live, Texas (Roanoke), 2008

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

At the ancient pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, July 25th

basement jukebox

Dobby Dobson (July 5, 1942-July 21, 2020), “I’m a Loving Pauper,” 1967

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Narrow Road to the Interior (translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Friday, July 3rd

basement jukebox

Ann Peebles (1947-), “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” (E. Randle), 1973

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

In pale moonlight
the wisteria’s scent
comes from far away

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, June 13th

One-word review: Wow!

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), String Quartet No. 1 (1971); Armida Quartet (Martin Funda, violin; Johanna Staemmler, violin; Teresa Schwamm, viola; Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello) with Manaho Shimokawa (dance), live, Berlin, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

With dewdrops dripping,
I wish somehow I could wash
this perishing world

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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