Stop what you’re doing and listen to this recording of Chaminade’s 6 Romances sans paroles, Op. 76, No. 6. Meditation (E. Parkin).
Music for the Weekend: Phyrric by Julianna Barwick.
Chose this song in wake of the government shutdown this week. By definition a phyrric battle is one that is won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.
It’s very sad for me. I’ve been disturbed not only by the shutdown but also by the fact that no one is trying to do anything honestly anymore. Everyone’s trying to make a quick buck, take stuff that isn’t theirs, and completely overlooking the feelings of others in their dealings. And it’s not just government, it’s the entire culture. Look at how people drive, how people treat each other at the grocery store, how people enter any kind of transaction. It all about doing what’s advantageous for them, and not even thinking once about the welfare of people around them. It makes me very sad and mournful, hence this song.
I won’t stop being a kind person but I feel like I’m getting the short end of the stick in doing so. In the end I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and be true to myself. I refuse to partake in bad behavior just because everyone else is doing it. If I make less money because I wasn’t a greedy, self-centered asshole then so be it. I’d rather be a decent human being than be miserable for a few extra bucks. Seems like a lot of people have a hard time understanding that concept.
As always, from the bottom of my heart, have a wonderful weekend.
New (to me) books, as gifted by exquisite friends:
intersections of socialism/feminism by Lise Vogel (that I wish I’d read years ago when writing on Mohanty, Spivak, etc.), 5. A Brief History of Infinity, Paolo Zellini, 6. This classic, 7. As Long as Space Endures: Essays on the Kālacakra Tantra …
New shares (for the final week of 2020): 1. The Problem of Force, S. Beauchamp, 2. New solution to the black hole information paradox, 3. A Lecture upon the Shadow, J. Donne, 4. How to Read the Air, A. Badkhen, The Paris Review, 5. Math, haikus, and unlikely bonds, 6. A. Schnittke, Choir Concerto
ICYMI: The full, three-act Glyndebourne / G. Vick Lulu is finally on YouTube. It contains a superlative Liebestod from Kathryn Harries, …
Add: “Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question” –– e.e. cummings
New shares (for the third week of October, 2020): 1. Heartily recommend reading “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music” by Kyle Devine, as well as 2. “Music as a Technology of Surveillance,” Eric Drott, 3. If you’re in Düsseldorf, do catch this fresh new production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis
Add: Buckminsterfullerene. 10/10 pun.
New shares (second week of July, 2020): 1. “Dancing at Dusk” from Sadler’s Wells, the Pina Bausch Foundation, École des Sables, 2. Thanks to Sideways for sharing C. Heckman’s dissertation on the shockingly-intricate score of The Matrix, 3. Can-not wait to break into Victoria Malawey’s newest, “A Blaze of Light in Every Word” on popular voice––super juicy, 3. G. Crumb, T. Currentzis, “Ancient Voices of Children”, ft. Sophia Burgos
Add: ! ! !
Translation: Black lives matter.
New shares (first week of June, 2020):
1. “Lift Every Voice” panel from the LA Opera, hosted by J’Nai Bridges, 2. Read Dr. Ewell’s blog work re: his plenary lecture, “Music Theory’s White Racial Frame,” 3. G. Schumann’s “Centuries of Silence” on Vicente Luisitano, 4. On POC in classical music, 5. Donation links
New quick shares (second week of May, 2020): 1. Eva Reiter’s Wächter is truly inspired, 2. Timo on Eno, 3. H. Blaziková and the Tiburtina Ensemble on HvB’s Antiphona, O spectabiles viri––, 4. This galling-but-critical piece on Lizzie Magie and the cynicism of corporate pink-washing, 5. Maria Sz-ymanowska, Nocturne for 3 hands, 6. Ripples, Genesis (thanks Matt)
Add: F. Cavalli, Ercole amante––O Gallia Fortunata!