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Tag: Ryokan

Sunday, August 8th

timeless

Swan Silvertones (feat. Claude Jeter, Percell Perkins), “All Aboard” (P. Perkins), 1951

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

Blue sky, cold geese honk.
On a bare mountain, tree leaves flutter.
At dusk in the village, smoke billows from every house.
Alone with my empty bowl, I head home.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Monday, July 26th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003), “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” (J. Rado, G. Ragni, G. MacDermot), live, London, 1968

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Rising from sickness, I lean on a cane and stand by the river.
Countless peach petals flow downstream.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), from “Upon getting up from sickness in late spring” (translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Saturday, May 8th

sounds of Chicago

Kimmel/Ali/Harris (Jeff Kimmel, clarinet, electronics; Ishmael Ali, cello, guitar, electronics; Bill Harris, drums, synthesizer), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Summer night
transforms to daybreak.
I count fleas.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Wednesday, March 17th

sounds of India

This I could listen to all day.

Sashank Subramanyam and Rakesh Chaurasia (flutes), Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla), Patri Satish Kumar (mridangam), live (Rag Hamsadwani), India (Velliangiri Hills), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Not yet disappeared
like a dewdrop
on a blade of grass,
I am still in this floating world,
moon in the morning.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Sunday, February 14th

more

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” (trad.), 1928

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Mingling with the wind
the snow comes falling;
mingling with the snow
the wind comes blowing;
by banked coals
I stretch my legs,
idle, idle,
in this grass hut
a shut-in,
and counting, find
that the second month too
like a dream
has come and gone

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Tuesday, February 9th

two takes

“Manhattan” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart)

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), 1959

 

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Sonny Rollins Trio (SR, tenor saxophone; Henry Grimes, bass; Charles Wright, drums), 1958

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

How did you wriggle
your way
into my dream path
through such deep snow
on the night mountain?

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Monday, February 8th

Why not start the week with something small, quiet, beautiful?

Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), “Solar” (P. Brennan), live (studio), New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Only thing
the thief left behind—
moon in my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Monday, February 1st

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

John Cage (1912-1992), In a Landscape (1948); Stephen Drury (piano), 1994

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

No one home.
Fallen pine needles
scattered at the door.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Tuesday, December 22nd

more

Hamid Drake (drums, percussion; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion), Joshua Abrams (bass, gumbri), Ayako Kato (movement), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Don’t say my hut has nothing to offer:
come and I will share with you
the cool breeze that fills my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by John Stevens

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