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Wednesday, January 26th

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

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lagniappe

reading table

Drooping
in this upside-down world,
a bamboo in the snow.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Tom Lowenstein

Friday, January 21st

only rock ‘n’ roll

Carl Perkins (1932-1998), “Honey Don’t” (C. Perkins), live (TV show), 1956

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Sight of that mountain
makes me forget
I’m getting old

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by David Young

Sunday, January 9th

back to church

“Let Your Light Shine,” White Hill. A.M.E. Zion Church (Pineville Hymn Choir Anniversary), York, S.C., 2003

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Already I can see
my own wind-bleached bones.
A cold wind cuts me.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Tom Lowenstein

Monday, January 3rd

alone

György Kurtág (1926-), from Signs, Games and Messages; Ensemble Musikfabrik (Hannah Weirich, violin), live, Cologne (Germany), 2020

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Another year gone—
hat in my hand,
sandals on my feet.

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

Wednesday, December 15th

basement jukebox

Bobby Bland (1930-2013), “That’s the Way Love Is,” 1963

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lagniappe

reading table

Plates and bowls
dim in the darkness
cool of the evening

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by David Young

Saturday, December 11th

alone

Miranda Cuckson (violin), live, New York, 11/30/21
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), Mikka S

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lagniappe

reading table

First rain of winter
today’s a day
people get older

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by David Young

Thursday, November 4th

sounds of New York

Zoh Amba Trio (ZA, tenor saxophone; William Parker, bass; Francisco Mela, drums), live, New York, 9/13/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

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

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

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)

*****

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

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