Monday, August 29, 2011

one day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

i am close enough to campus to use the student wifi. i met a woman two days ago who was so excited about the tomatoes growing in her front yard that she gave me a handful of unripe green tomatoes and i had to tell her to stop picking them, because they'll turn red soon. my boss is so deeply a hippie that you can't tell at all; it's like blackbelts who don't tell anyone they're blackbelts. they're the ones to be afraid of. he brings me coffees and we talk about god. i dropped my new cell phone in my tea. i met with my piano teacher today and reached out to shake his hand and instead he hugged me. my roommate is a barbarian with a gentle dog who he saved from sex-slavery in southern california. i get to study my favorite piece of music for two classes. i work out twice a day. i am surrounded by wonderful loving people. i get to do what i want and know that it will get me to where i need to be.

i have arrived, baby.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

eric satie, 1866-1925. automatic descriptions, for solo piano. included tongue-in-cheek notes for the performer alone, as seen above: "withdraw your hand and put it in your pocket." a small critique of the idea of concert music and the role of the performer in relationship to the music, composer, and audience.

Friday, August 5, 2011

vernet, 1759, shipwreck.

when the enlightenement ideals of rationalism and empiricism had failed to do justice to the human experience, the germans responded with the contrasting aesthetic of sturm und drang, which was characterized by subjectivity and extremes of expression. 1760-1780. music was often in the minor mode, with a driving rhythmic force and jagged melodies. paintings often depicted shipwrecks or storms.

mozart's little symphony in g minor, no25.

i just love how everything goes together!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

what is rococo?
fragonard, the swing.

Jean-Baptiste Lully. 1632-1687. He was keeping time for an orchestra during rehearsal by banging a long staff on the floor (typical for the time and a precursor to the baton) when he bashed his toe with the staff. The wound became gangrenous and he refused to have it amputated. He died three months later.

Carlo Gesualdo. 1566-1613. He took a young wife who had anticipated participating in the pleasures of marriage, but, finding none, found another man and kept her love a secret for two or so years. Gesualdo came to suspect her infidelity and so told her that he would be going on an overnight hunting trip. Instead, he waited until the middle of the night and burst into her bedchambers to find her and her lover in the suspected state. He stabbed her repeatedly and kept shouting, “She’s not dead yet! She’s not dead yet!” When the two bodies were recovered from the room, the servants found that her lover had beenwearing a woman’s dressing gown, while is regular clothes were folded and unbloodied next to the bed.

Henry Purcell. 1659-1695. Died at the height of his career "The cause of his death is unclear: one theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre one night to find that his wife had locked him out."

Jean-Philippe Rameau. 1683-1764. Composer of graceful music but, according to accounts of his acquaintances, an absolute jerk. While on his deathbed, he reproached the priest administering the last rights for chanting poorly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

sometimes a horoscope can be freaky accurate. this one predicted the days i will be moving to colorado, with a family member (my father), the day i will be taking my placement exams and they day i will be paying for tuition.

All in all, it appears a new life is shaping up for you, dear Sagittarius. You are on the beginning of a huge cycle that is only beginning now, and from now on, it's onward and upward. This is a wave you'll be glad to ride, and if you had any setback in the past year, you will see it was only part of the plan, for it freed you to pursue something infinitely better.