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Tag: Ryokan

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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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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random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

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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

 

*****

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

Sunday, December 6th

two takes

“Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” (aka “Mary Don’t You Weep,” trad.)

Huntsville Police Department Blue Notes, live, Huntsville, Ala., 2008

 

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Swan Silvertones (feat. Claude Jeter), 1958

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

lagniappe

reading table

My travels haven’t changed me a bit
My eyeballs are still where they were before—
right beneath my eyebrows

—Ryokan, 1758-1831 (translated from Chinese by Ryuichi Abe and Peter Haskell, Great Fool: Zen Master Ryokan)

Saturday, July 18th

timeless 

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), live (music starts at 4:25), Paris, 1965

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

If I had known
how sorrowful this world is,
I would have become
grass or a tree
in a deep mountain!

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

Tuesday, June 2nd

sounds of Jamaica

Bob Marley and the Wailers, live (“Catch A Fire,” “Trenchtown Rock,” “Concrete Jungle,” “Midnight Ravers,” “Talkin´ Blues,” “Rebel Music,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Natty Dread”), Chicago (Quiet Knight), 6/10/75

 

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Happy—70th!—Birthday to my brother Don, with whom I’ve heard more music, in and around Chicago, than I could ever possibly recall. Most recently there was Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall; but before that—way before that—there was, let’s see, Bob Marley and the Wailers at the Quiet Knight (today’s clip), and the MC5 in Lincoln Park (during the infamous 1968 Democratic Convention), and the Velvet Underground at the Kinetic Playground (after which, on our way back to the car, we were stopped by Chicago police, in an unmarked car, who took us back to the station—curfew bust), and the Beatles at Comiskey Park, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, the Kingston Trio, the Smothers Brothers, and the Beach Boys at Arie Crown Theater (with Dad), and Johnny Tillotson, Gene Pitney, and Bobby Rydell on the basement jukebox, and . . . the list goes on, and on, and on.

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reading table

Reflecting over seventy years,
I am tired of judging right from wrong.
Faint traces of a path trodden in deep night snow.
A stick of incense under the rickety window.

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

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