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Tag: Vernard Johnson

Sunday, May 1st

testify!

Vernard Johnson (1948-, alto saxophone), “I Won’t Complain,” live, Kansas City, Mo. (58th Women’s International Convention, Church of God in Christ), 2008

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

The Locust Tree in Flower (second version)
by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Among
of
green

stiff
old
bright

broken
branch
come

white
sweet
May

again

Sunday, November 7th

more

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone), “Grateful,” live, Los Angeles (COGIC International Women’s Convention), 2010

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Maine (Monhegan Island)

Sunday, October 31st

like nobody else

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone), live (COGIC International Women’s Convention), 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

[E]verything returns, but what returns is not
what went away—

—Louise Glück (1943-), from “The Denial of Death” (Winter Recipes from the Collective, 2021)

Sunday, October 11th

testify!

Vernard Johnson (1948-, alto saxophone), “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last,” live, published 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, August 9th

back to church

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone), live, Texas (Roanoke), 2008

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

At the ancient pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, March 8th

testify!

Vernard Johnson (alto saxophone, vocals), live, Fort Worth, Tx.

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill

Sunday, June 26th

two takes

“Never Grow Old,” AKA “Where We’ll Never Grow Old” (James C. Moore)

Aretha Franklin, live, Detroit, 1996


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Vernard Johnson, live, 1973

Sunday, April 26th

More of Vernard Johnson.

Live, Roanoke, Tx.


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“What Is This,” live (Something’s Got a Hold on Me), Little Rock, Ark., 1981


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“I’ve Decided To Make Jesus My Choice,” The Gospel Saxophone of Vernard Johnson, 1974

Sunday, April 19th

In forty years this guy has let me down not once.

Vernard Johnson, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last,” live


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lagniappe

random thoughts

Blessed to be awakened, again, by birds.

Sunday, 10/28/12

Nearly forty years have passed since I first heard him; still I can’t get enough.

Vernard Johnson, “Amazing Grace,” live, Memphis, 1988

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lagniappe

reading table

Life tears us apart, but through those wounds, if we have tended them, love may enter us.

—Christian Wiman, “Mortify Our Wolves,” The American Scholar, Autumn, 2012

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