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

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…

old dispensation

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. It’s January 1st, and like Eliot said, “next year’s words await another voice.” At this time last year, I was thinking about my thesis. At this time the thesis is finished, and I still have three schools to apply … Continue reading

The next thing

Current life checklist: GRE Literature (tomorrow). I don’t feel ready at all, especially after reviewing last night. Student performance (tonight). See above. Resume Send GRE results to schools Send out recommender forms (this weekend??) Personal statement revisions. LOTS. Writing sample (UGHH) It’s kind of hard keeping everything in order. I still have to figure out … Continue reading

blood brothers

Ingrid Michaelson’s music video for ‘Blood Brothers’ was free on iTunes the other day, so I downloaded it and watched it for the first time in between abstracts and essays about culture. I don’t think the lyrics bears much analysis for the meaning to be clear: she’s appealing to some common humanity beneath our different … Continue reading