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Saturday, January 30th

sounds of New York

Soul of Freedom (Luke Stewart, bass, percussion, vocals; Jaimie Branch, trumpet, percussion, vocals; Devin Brahja Waldman, alto saxophone, percussion, vocals), live, New York, 1/28/21

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

Ghost I house
In this old flat—
Your outpost—
My aftermath

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Here”

Sunday, September 13th

shout!

Sounds of Zion (United House of Prayer), live, published 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Dusk of the year
Nightfalling leaves
More than we knew
Abounded on trees
We now see through

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Leavetaking”

Wednesday, July 29th

basement jukebox

Otis Rush (1934-2018, vocals, guitar), “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” (O. Rush), 1959

 

If you take the words from ‘Black Magic Woman’ and just leave the rhythm, it’s ‘All Your Love’—it’s Otis Rush.

—Carlos Santana

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Roads run forever
Under feet forever
Falling away
Yet, it may happen that you
Come to the same place again
Stay! You could not do
Anything more certain—
Here you can wait forever
And rejoice at your arrival

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Sunday, May 17th

back to church

“All I Do,” St. Paul Baptist Church Choir, McConnells, S.C. (Mt. Do Well Baptist Church), c. 2009

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

*****

reading table

He walked in awe
In awe of light
At nightfall, not at dawn
Whatever he saw
Receding from sight
In the sky’s afterglow
Was what he wanted
To see, to know

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Enlightenment”

Sunday, April 26th

sounds of Charlotte

The United House of Prayer Band, “The Blood!,” live, Charlotte, N.C., 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

*****

reading table

A pot poured out
Fulfills its spout

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Friday, April 24th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Living in a Ghost Town,” 4/23/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Ghost I house
In this flat—
Your outpost—
My aftermath

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Here”

Friday, April 17th

what’s new

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, “In the Water,” live, Los Angeles, published 4/15/20

 

MVPs? No contest—bassist, drummer.

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Pity us
By the sea
On the sands
So briefly

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

Sunday, April 12th

back to church

Center Baptist Church Hymn Choir, “What a Time,” live, Gastonia, N.C., 2009

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Windowed I observe
The waning snow
As rain unearths
That raw clay—
Adam’s afterbirth—
No one escapes
I lie down, immerse
Myself in sleep
The windows weep

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Downpour”

Saturday, November 22nd

never enough

Sometimes, it seems, nothing is more precious than clarity.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in C minor
Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993), piano

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lagniappe

reading table

The hill I see
Every day
Is holy

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011)

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