Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Favorite Liszt:

Performed by people younger than me... AAAAAAH!

Just look at that kids freaking eyes! i love it. Excellent performance of Liszt's 12th (my favorite) etude, Chasse-neige.... "snow hunt" i guess is what it translates to. Anyway I love this music and i hadnt heard it in a while, so here is a great performance.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Terry Riley is Double Parked

this is the most awkward and bizarre interview ive ever seen:

Debussy- Nuages, favorite music

When asked the question "Whats your favorite piece of Debussy?" I have to hesitate. I guess the answer "everything" doesnt really fly, so i narrowing it down is my only option, and it comes down to this languid piece of sublime eargasmic goodness. Sure his Etude pour octaves, his Sons et parfums qui tourne dans L'air du soir, his Reflets Dans L'eau, his Images Pour Orchestre, are everything that is sublime in music and in art, but this one is the most dreamy, melancholy and visual- at least for me. Then again, who better to romanticize clouds than someone raised in Seattle?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Well, its been 6 years now, time flies. Since its a music-themed blog i should probably say about music, and that will be this: im not a fan of music that commemorates tragedy. Ive never heard adam's Transmigration, or the dozens of requiems by dozens of hero-composer types who pretend to live in the late 19th century. it doesnt interest me.

I anticipate the media will be buzzing about this date as if it has something more than a symbolic meaning. Anyway, there are greater tragedies that have been unfolding since 2001. But i doubt Darfour or civilians in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Lebanon and northern Isreal will be discussed today.

Its so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what do the birds say? All there is to say abou a massacre, things like 'Poo-tee-weet?'.

I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee.

-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Monday, September 03, 2007

For any francophones out there i present this incredibly amusing Comic, And anyone who has ever dealt with the french postal service may understand exactly what this about, you might not even need to speak french to get the message.