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Saturday, November 30th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003, vocals, piano), “Wild Is the Wind” (D. Tiomkin, N. Washington), live, New York, 1964

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

The challenge: balance. Keep it steady,
now sniffing daffodils’ aroma,
now Googling a rare sarcoma.

—Rachel Hadas (1948-), from “Love and Dread” (New Yorker, 11/18/19)

Sunday, May 20th

six takes

“Nobody’s Fault but Mine” (aka “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine”)

Ry Cooder, 2018

 

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Pops Staples, 2015 (recorded 1998)

 

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Willie Nelson, 2010

 

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Nina Simone, 1969

 

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 1949

 

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Blind Willie Johnson, 1927

 

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 2nd

two takes

“Feeling Good” (A. Newley, L. Bricusse)

Lauryn Hill (feat. Kamasi Washington, tenor saxophone), live, Italy (Lucca), 2017

 

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Nina Simone (1933-2003), 1965

 

Monday, March 24th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (“Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” [Trad.], “To Love Somebody” [B. Gibb, R. Gibb], “Suzanne” [L. Cohen], “Save Me” [A. Franklin], “Porgy, I Is Your Woman Now”/”Today Is A Killer”/”I Loves You Porgy” [G. Gershwin, D. Heyward]), live, Rome, 1969


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art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), New York, 1940s

Helen Levitt by Helen Levitt, published by powerHouse Books

Tuesday, 4/3/12

One singer’s garbage is another’s gold.

Nina Simone, “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” (adapted from Hair)
Live, New York (Harlem Cultural Festival), 1969

More? Here. And here.

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yesterday

Listening to the radio, where they were talking about post-war modernist architecture, I learned a new term for people my age: “mid-century.”

Tuesday, 1/24/12

If you’re looking for sunshine, you’ll have to go elsewhere.

This is one of the saddest, darkest, most chilling things I know.

Nina Simone, “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair”

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reading table

[L]ife needs a lot of imaginative fixing, since it regularly fails to provide us with wild adventure and comfortable closure. ‘In life,’ Proust wrote in a notebook, ‘novels don’t finish.'”

—Michael Wood, “At the Movies,” London Review of Books, 1/5/12

Friday, 11/6/09

Some performances are so intimate and so strange that part of you feels as though you should avert your eyes. But another part knows that you can’t.

Nina Simone, “Feelings,” live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1976

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reading table

Here Robert Creeley reads his poem “Please.”

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