Category Archives: Bob Willis

Bonne fête Papa: A Flaneur’s Gallery

Paul Cézanne. The Artist’s Father, Reading “L’Événement”. 1866. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. When I stood before this painting last month at the NGA, it happened to be the day that would have been my father’s … Continue reading






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Mahalia’s Gift: “Go Tell It On the Mountain”

Mahalia Jackson soars in a performance photograpghed by Lee Friedlander. [Source: NPR] Once upon a time, I ran as fast as I could to get away from Holiday Muzak at the shopping mall. One of my earliest newspaper columns railed … Continue reading






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Listening To My Father: Let The Rough Side Drag

Robert F. Willis (May 12, 1921 – November 3. 1987). The drawing was made by a Montmartre street artist in 2005 from a photograph taken in Paris after V.E. Day in 1945. When I was working with my son Saturday … Continue reading






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“Love’s Austere And Lonely Offices”

I heard this lovely sonnet by Robert Hayden. It made me think of my father, and all that he gave me. Winter Sunday Mornings by Robert Hayden Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in … Continue reading






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Café Mouffe: From Largo To Allegro

Clip 1: Dmitri Shostakovich. Largo (3rd movement). Sonata for Cello and Piano (op. 40). No documentation is available for the performance. Tom’s response to re-reading the poem I wrote for him in 1975 sent me straight to Shostakovich. I needed … Continue reading






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