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

This is my takeaway from John Stuart Mill

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

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

Originally posted on The Rambler:
Last week I rather took Daniel Asia to task for his Huffington Post article on John Cage. I’m returning to the subject today because I’m interested in moving this debate beyond just Asia, or even Cage. As Lauren Redhead noted at the time, Asia’s article is merely symptomatic of how much…

So I used to read a lot of fantasy…

Last week I stopped by the library to renew my library card, and ended up picking up something by Tamora Pierce. I’ve never read anything by her but I think she’s a popular YA author known for her strong female heroines. The book I picked up is called Trickster’s Choice and here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.com: Tamora … Continue reading

Emotional Conservatism

My favorite Chopin interpreters are the ones that can bring a reserved elegance out of Chopin’s pieces. I think Chopin is not about “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”, to quote Wordsworth’s famous definition of poetry. It is about emotion, yes, but emotion held in check. Eliot’s ideas about emotion have always felt more solid … Continue reading