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Wednesday, May 29th

The world today: two guys from Ukraine—DJs/producers—playing a set in Rio de Janiero.

Artbat, live, 2019

 

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Mountain streams flow down
into each other
out of their sounds

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Tuesday, December 18th

sounds of Paris

Erik Satie (1866-1925), Gnossiennes 1-6 (1889-97); Reinbert de Leeuw (piano), live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 2018

 

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Silence
of an oak grove
the moon high in the trees

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Wednesday, December 5th

more

Brian Eno, Ambient Music 1: Music for Airports, 1978

 

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All night long
the windswept clouds
plovers calling under the moon

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Thursday, July 12th

basement jukebox

Buddy Guy, “This Is the End,” 1959

 

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Butterfly
sleeping
on the temple bell.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Saturday, March 24th

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936); Vincent Planès (piano), live, France (Pau), 2016

 

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Moon, plum blossoms,
this, that,
and the day goes.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Thursday, March 22nd

what’s new

Asterids (alto saxophonists Charlotte Greve, Caroline Davis, Caleb Curtis, Oscar Noriega [l-r]), live, New York (Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn), 3/12/2018

 

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The two plum trees—
I love their blooming!
one early, one later.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Tuesday, March 20th

spring!

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009; vocals, piano), “They Say It’s Spring” (M. Clark, B. Haymes), 1958


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Bob Dorough (1923-; vocals, piano), “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” (T. Wolf, F. Landesman), 1997


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Sun Ra Arkestra (SR, 1914-1993, piano; June Tyson, vocals; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone, et al.), “Springtime Again” (S. Ra), live, Rome, 1980

 

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First day of spring—
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

 

The lights are going out
in the doll shops—
spring rain.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

 

Not very anxious
to bloom,
my plum tree.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese byRobert Hass)

Thursday, February 8th

another take

Once I enter this world I never want to leave.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Musica Nova Consort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2017

 

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Going home,
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Sunday, October 22nd

old school

Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, “Running for My Life,” “Let’s Get Down,” live, c. 2010

 

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The autumn chill becomes part of me
in the bedroom I step on a comb
that belonged to my dead wife

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento)

Sunday, October 15th

three takes

“I Won’t Be Back” (AKA “Sweepin’ Through the City”)

Caravans (feat. Shirley Caesar, 1938-)

Live, Boston (Boston University), 1960s

 

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Recording, 1962

 

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Shirley Caesar

Live, Tulsa, Okla., 2001

 

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They end their flight
one by one—
crows at dusk.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

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