Happy #NationalAlmondDay! #DYK? The sheer size of the land area and amount of hives needed to pollinate California’s almond blooms out-number any other organized pollination event in the U.S. It’s takes about 1.8 million honey bee hives to cover the 860,000 acres of #almond groves.
In the 1970s the Christian right protested to shut down Sex Pistols concerts. They called on radio stations, venues, and TV networks to no-platform the Pistols because they found them offensive.
In 2017, it’s the politically correct obsessed left that campaigns and riots to no-platform and shut down [new school] conservatives for being offensive. The right-wing campaign against the Sex Pistols only made them more taboo and avant-garde, and more ‘counter-culture’. And we are seeing the same effect now – only in reverse. And that’s why the regressive left is terrified.
It is trivially simple now to capture our everyday practice: our improvisations, our noodles and doodles, arpeggios, scales, the full day, 2, 4, 8 hours, whatever you like. You could capture the audio of course, but if you play, as I do, a midi-enabled grand (the Yamaha C6) it’s just plug and go, and a small amount of data no matter how long you ramble on. I don’t do that, of course. I do and have captured improvised sessions since the 1980s but to capture all one’s praxis, yeesh, who would have time to review it for gold? But what if we had the improvisations, the daily work sessions, the preparations and practice of Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Bartok, hell any and everyone you can name. It’s true you’d need a thousand lifetimes to enjoy it all but it would be a rich trove, an endless fascination. Scroll to that delightful evening in 1821 when Ludwig v. was playing through the op.101 sonata (hearing it in his fingers, not his ears) and suddenly discovered something new that suggested a figure for the op.126 first bagatelle. Or in 1888, as Debussy tries a combination of harmonies that can’t help but suggest to our well-worn ears the cadence of a too-familiar bergamasque. But this is just archaeology. The real, longer lasting treasures would be in all the material that was not developed. Why didn’t he go there? Oooh what an amazing figure, what a gem! Another brilliant masterpiece of improvisation! Another, yet another, and perhaps the greatest, Bach fugue, or Bach fragment, never to be heard because it all went into the ether.
A friend of mine was once photographing me late at night in an auditorium as I played to an empty house but for the two of us. After the session he said, “I wish I’d brought a tape recorder rather than a camera.” Imagine if we’d had both for the greatest of our greats gone by.
“I think it’s quite extraordinary that Vivien Leigh’s art was a reflection of her life, basically. I mean, when you look at her on screen in Gone With the Wind, she is doomed already. You can see it in her eyes.“ -James Sherwood
This is remarkable bullshit and appallingly undermines her greatness. Of course every artist’s art is a reflection, in part, of their lives. But saying it of an actor and of the look in the eyes of the *character* she is playing is utter nonsense.
Manuscript Monday: LJS 47, Boethius’ De institutione musica
Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 47, De institutione musica by Boethius. The manuscript was written in France around 1490 in Latin and it is a copy of a Latin treatise on the Pythagorean-based theory of ancient Greek music, in which the text reflects an older (10th-century) tradition and the numerous diagrams related to ratio and pitch demonstrate later developments in the tradition.
See the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand.
“The only line I know of that’s wrong in Shakespeare is ‘Holding a mirror up to nature.’ You hold the magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with a situation. If it were a mirror we would have no art.”
In addition to other activities, I am the piano player in the quintet, Bipolar, regularly playing at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Bargemusic, and hopefully other international venues to come.
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