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Friday, February 1st

two takes

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Lonesome Cabin” (S. B. Williamson)

Recording, 1960

 

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Live, Copenhagen, 1964

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lagniappe

reading table

on honorable Buddha’s
honorable nose
an icicle

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, January 31st

basement jukebox

Sonny Boy Williamson (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller, 1912[?]-1965), “Nine Below Zero” (S. B. Williamson), 1951

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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How it haunts the heart, the unfathomable mystery of other people’s lives, other people’s misfortunes.

—John Banville, Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Friday, November 29th

two takes

“Don’t Start Me Talkin'” (S. Williamson)

Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller), recording, 1955


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Bob Dylan, TV show (David Letterman), 1984


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reading table

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.

—Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick

Monday, 2/13/12

There are all kinds of love songs.

Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Aleck [or Alex] “Rice” Miller), “Your Funeral and My Trial,” live, Europe, 1960s

More? Here.

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reading table

Moonlight in the kitchen is a sign of God.

—Anne Carson, “God’s Work” (excerpt)

Tuesday, 2/8/11

three takes

Twenty inches of snow.

Fifty-mile-an-hour winds.

Thunder, lightning.

When the weather’s this bitter, shouldn’t the songs be too?

She wait till it got nine below zero . . .

Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Aleck “Rice” Miller), “Nine Below Zero”

Live (introduced by Memphis Slim; with Otis Spann, piano; Matt Murphy, guitar; Willie Dixon, bass; Billy Stepney, drums), Europe (Germany), 1963

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Recording (with Otis Spann, piano; Robert Jr. Lockwood & Luther Tucker, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass; Odie Payne, drums), Chess Records, Chicago, 12/14/60

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Recording (with Elmore James, guitar; Willie Love, piano; Cliff Givens, bass; Joe Dyson, drums), Trumpet Records, Jackson, Mississippi, 12/4/51

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Three Below Zero?

Seven Below Zero?

Ten Below Zero?

Sonny Boy nailed it with nine.

Saturday, 12/25/10

Merry Christmas!

Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball” (1925)

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Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II)” (1950)

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Sonny Boy Williamson, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues” (1951)

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radio: all Bach, all the time

WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) is currently in the midst of their annual Bach Festival, which runs through the end of the year.

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Barn’s burnt down—
now
I can see the moon.

—Mitzuta Masahide (trans. Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto), 1657-1723

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going forward

I won’t be here every day; but I’ll be here often.

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