The Breakers
  • Words move, music moves
    Only in time; but that which is only living
    Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
    Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
    Can words or music reach
    The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
    Moves perpetually in its stillness.
    Not the stillness of the violin, while the note lasts,
    Not that only, but the co-existence,
    Or say that the end precedes the beginning,
    And the end and the beginning were always there
    Before the beginning and after the end.
    And all is always now.

    T.S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton"

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Week 4 in Bloomington

Life has settled into a routine: I go to the farmer’s market every two weeks, go buy groceries once a week every Monday, go to the libraries (public and school) every Sunday, and so on. The routine may not be the most exciting, but it’s comforting. Grad school is going well — hard to believe … Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend

Today was rather unexpected. Went to the library, checked out things, went to Red Mango, had my first Red Mango froyo which was delicious (pina colada + pomegranate, amiright) and got some reading done (I did NOT know that Eliot wrote a short story), went to the public library and checked out more books, found … Continue reading

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life changes

Ever since I graduated, I haven’t been in one place for more than a few weeks. The day after graduation, I was on a plane to Taiwan, where I spent three weeks seeing relatives, eating, and sightseeing. I came back a bit more than a week ago. This Wednesday, I’m leaving for Indiana to scout … Continue reading

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It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

The idea of music’s power is deeply ingrained into daily living, from ideas about what we get from the musical experience, to fears about its pervasiveness, to our creation myths. I’m somewhat obsessed with the idea of a sung creation myth, where it is not merely the words that “speak” everything into being, but the tune. Think … Continue reading

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This is my takeaway from John Stuart Mill

Finished my online ethics course! That was fun. Back to school tomorrow.

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Yes, Schoenberg, you and I can be friends

Randomly reading some music interviews last night. There was this interview with a piano/violin duo at Penn State University back in 1996, and the interviewer asked the duo why they would think of performing and recording George Crumb: Just the name Crumb makes me cringe, expecting dissonance. How can the same Duo encompass the lush, romantic Strauss, … Continue reading

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