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Tag: Matsuo Basho

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

Monday, June 1st

Why not begin the week with something quiet?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (1987); Aleck Karis (piano), Curtis Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola), Christopher Finckel (cello), 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

How reluctantly
the bee emerges from deep
within the peony

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

Saturday, May 30th

never enough

Don’t “listen” to this.

Close your eyes: let the sounds inhabit you.

Then you will inhabit the sounds.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Clarinet Quintet, K. 581; Armida Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live, Italy (Merano [aka Meran]), 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Come out to view
the truth of flowers blooming
in poverty

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

Friday, May 29th

like nobody else

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), “Manhattan” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart), 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

Gray hairs being plucked,
and from below my pillow
a cricket singing

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

Thursday, March 26th

sounds of Buenos Aires

Juana Molina (1961-, compositions, vocals, guitar), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A cicada shell;
it sang itself
utterly away.

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

Friday, March 6th

sounds of Chicago

Junior Wells (1934-1998, vocals, harmonica), Buddy Guy (1936-, guitar), et al., “Cryin’ Shame” (AKA “Country Girl”), live, Chicago, c. 1970

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

All day long, singing,
yet the day’s not long enough
for the skylark’s song

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

Wednesday, March 4th

sounds of New York

Robert Dick (bass flute), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Gamin (piri), live, New York, 2/29/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Now spring has arrived
on a mountain with no name
in early morning haze

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

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