Archive for April, 2014
“An entire water of the Sea can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” – Goi Nasu
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
No matter how hard you try, you cannot get rid of darkness, because it does not exist. it is nothing but the absence of light. In order to effect darkness, you must do something with light, because the light is the only thing that actually exists. TEAL
There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen
It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms.
John Stockwell, former CIA official and author
Malcolm Arnold’s “Fantasy for Brass Band”
Happy late 4/4/14! Continuing with the music of Hovhaness (someone who, no doubt, would delight in this numerical lineup), here’s one of his lesser-known works, the Symphony no. 46, “To the Green Mountains.”
It’s okay, I’m alive!
I have fallen behind on pieces of the week because a) the nincompoops at AT&T inexplicably disconnected my Internet despite all my bills being on time, and then b) I got married a week ago. So here are the three delightful pieces that would have been:
The first is the chamber orchestra version of Frank Zappa’s “Dog Breath Variations.” If you watch closely you’ll see the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Stefan Dohr on horn.
The second is Alan Hovhaness’ Guitar Concerto, Op. 325. There’s no video, but it is available on Spotify. You will not be disappointed.
The third is a piece for solo trumpet and wind band, also by Hovhaness – “Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places.”
You’re welcome, odd-meter buffs.