this week has been hard. I'm sick - getting better but today I am exhausted, there are some family things - nothing major but when someone in my little family hurts, I hurt.
and then there are The Children - I am touched by how hard they're fighting, how earnest and trusting in the system...it's inspiring, but depressing, you know? why…Continue
LUBBOCK, TEXAS....CLEAR LAKE, IOWA
Rave on, rave on and tell me,
Tell me, not to be lonely,
Tell me you love me only,
Rave on to me.
I often say that I’m not much on religion, and that’s true, but I’m not without belief. I have a deep abiding faith in good. I believe that good is everywhere. Unfortunately, it is not the good things that people do, but the bad that gets all of the headlines.
‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.” Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caeser
Somehow, that overshadowing makes it hard to explain a faith in goodness.
I remember thinking, as I was studying plane geometry in high school, this is all very nice, but nothing is shaped this way. The world is not made up of circles, rectangles and triangles as pure forms. But, I enjoyed geometry because for some reason that I couldn’t identify everything made intuitive sense. How could that be? It turned out that the real geometry was a little mor complicated, but related.…Continue
finally found the song I kept hearing in my head that inspired the above painting.
this painting is titled: take me to the river.
the story is, as I was working on other…Continue
when I'm in the studio I like to listen jazzradio.fr. they play music I haven't heard in years like sammy davis jr who lately blows me away like crazy, plus music I've never heard before - like this one (below) by Paolo Conte.
As an aside, there's a cut they play sometimes of "Take Me to the River" not exactly the al green version - the singer is white - you know the type of stylist, she uses an anemic…
I love gospel music, I sometimes think more than any other genre. It's pure love and you can't touch that. Edwin Hawkin's "Oh Happy Day" is a stellar example of great gospel - unbridled vocals, spiraling exaltations and shouting and ultimately what you are in the presence of is magnificence and rejoicing. I wish I had that faith because if I did, this is exactly where I'd be - singing in a choir.…Continue
Nutcracker medley, Straight No Chaser (a famous a capella group) and Joshua Bell (a famous classical violinist)
The playing on this is insane.
There was a famous experiment done involving Bell in 2007, covered by the Washington Post. I described it in a comment a few years ago:
In 2007, this world-famous violinist went into a Virginia suburban Metro station…
What are all those X's in the title? They're a rhythm.
Try clapping that rhythm and see if you can identify it. Try it twice through, repeated exactly. The capital X's are accented, but each x takes the same length of time. They represent eighth notes in a four quarter measure.
If you're having trouble counting them, there are eight X's per measure. In the first, accents are on 1, 3, 6, and 8. In the second, 4 and 6. This is really syncopated: Natural accents are on odd…Continue
The disturbing contradictions over the ongoing investigation and the official version of what happened during the mass shooting in Las Vegas on a Sunday evening during a country and western concert are perplexing to say the least. The narratives being continually hammered into the minds…Continue
The other night we baby-sat our 8 year old granddaughter while our daughter and her partner had a date. They told me in advance that they were going to a concert by "Witch Bottle", a band from Seattle and they didn’t know what the music would be like. The fear was that it would be loud and so they decided not to invite me. (Besides they needed a baby-sitter.)
Afterwards, my daughter said that I would have liked it. It was a genre known as neofolk.
A brief search on…Continue
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What? That I should take and type through Carl Sandburg's letter To Mrs. Jacob Buchbinder---
Aug. 23