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Something Like #28 – Patience & Expanding Time w/ Bitsy Knox

14 January 2021

This is an episode that started as a meditation on waiting, and became an episode about the distillation of time and the experience of time passing: its expansions and contractions. Our lodestars in this sense will be two great proponents of free jazz: the musician/researcher/educator/gardener/martial artist Milford Graves and the writer/educator/poet/filmmaker Amiri Baraka. We’ll be looking at time as irregular, subjective—its passage expressed elastically. Mostly, we’ll be looking at patience and its ritualisation. We’ll search for strategies in music to be in time, and so perhaps to account for its passage not in terms one’s own subjective experience of it, but in terms of existing within its inevitability. 

Hang in there, friends. 

  • As ever, Something Like’s jingle is provided by my brilliant friend and collaborator Roger 3000, who has an adorable new track out on bandcamp now.
  • You can listen to Amiri Baraka’s complete 1985 lectures at Naropa University here.
  • You can watch Milford Graves: Full Mantis here

Patience

Patience is

wider than one

once envisioned,

with ribbons

of rivers

and distant 

ranges and 

tasks undertaken

and finished

with modest 

relish by

natives in their 

native dress.

Who would 

have guessed

it possible 

that waiting

is sustainable—

a place with 

its own harvests.

Or that in 

time’s fullness

the diamonds 

of patience

couldn’t be 

distinguished

from the genuine 

in brilliance

or hardness.

Kay Ryan, Say Uncle, 2000

Playlist


Milford Graves, Milford Graves: Full Mantis, dir. By Jake Meginsky, Neil Cloaca Young, 2018

Ka Baird, Isentropic, Bespires, May 2020

Barbara Golden / Melody Sumner Carnahan, My Pleasure, The Time is Now, 1997

White Light, We Sat Together, White Light, 1982

Loris S. Sarid, Orrizontale Verticale, Music for Tomato Plants, 2020

Celia Hollander, Spared Time, Recent Futures, 2020

AM 4, And She Answered: Mi-La, ...And She Answered, 1989

Anadol, 78 ((yetmiş sekiz) Yılının En Uzun Dakikası, Uzun Havalar, 2019

Patricia Brennan, Improvisation VI, Maquishti, 2021

Amiri Baraka, On Class, Speech, Rhythm, Sound, and Music, Naropa University, 1985

Sarah Davachi, Accord of Voice I, Laurus, 2020

Neil Young, I’ve Been Waiting for You, Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House, 1968

His Name is Alive, Tape Slow, A Silver Thread (Home Recordings 1989 - 1990), 2021

Bitsy Knox & Roger 3000, Walking, OM COLD BLOOD, 2018

Gavin Bryars, Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, The Sinking of the Titanic / Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, 1975

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