The dream of many waltzes

I had one of those odd coincidences earlier this week. At my new job, we are sometimes availed of complimentary tickets to events— for example this week it was attendance to a  two o’clock performance of Ravel’s Bolero (and two other pieces, but that was the star) by the NY Philharmonic on Jan 20th.

It just so happened that a few days earlier I’d been listening to Rufus Wainwright, in whose song Oh, What A World he introduces and plays off the primary riff of the very same piece (to wonderful effect). After listening to it, I felt compelled to track down the original and listen to it in full.

This precipitated a persistent dream last Saturday morning in which I was building a playlist consisting only of waltzes (for which I’ve a weakness, and to which category both Rufus’ and Ravel’s songs belong). So upon waking I slavishly began building said list*.

It was weird and exciting to be invited to hear it played by the philharmonic just days after. And I assure you I would be going, except I’d just secured tickets to see Farinelli & the King the same day at eight o’clock— and as keen as I may be, that would just be far too long a day to spend on Work Island on a weekend. : : sigh : :

Anyway. I love when shit aligns or collides out of the blue like that.

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*You can listen to 24/7 Waltz People  if you have Google Play. (Admittedly I overreached, and a few rags made their way on it, too. Whatevs.) Ravel didn’t make it on, though, as it’s all contemporary.

PS— Sorry I missed my Thursday post. Here it is, terrifically late. More to come over the weekend, relating to the animated short began last weekend.


The genius of Gorillaz

Two talents: a musician and a visualist– embark on a collaboration that is both timely and topical, the fusion of whose efforts proves a perfect melange, exporting products (for lack of a better word) that feel tailor-made for the times. I’ve been on board since the first record (having already been a fan of both Blur and the Tank Girl comics). The latest release magnifies the merit of Gorillaz initial efforts in terms of smart art-making.

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Elizabeth’s Dagger

No, that’s not a misspelling. It’s the name of a band (comprised of “three young men who hope to change the world”). Funny thing is, they are from Honeoye Falls, which lies but a few scant miles from where I grew up in upstate New York.


Decemberists at Terminal 5 Sept 19 2009

Decemberists at Terminal 5 September 19 2009

“The Lottery Show” at Terminal 5 last night, with brilliant structural swathes of fabric strung for trapping the light.

l i s t m a k i n g

Today I did a drawing of a rutabega (see above). A magic rutabega. (More on why later…) Oh. Oops– turns out I’ve been spelling it wrong, according to Mirriam-Webster. It’s rutabaga!

There is a mighty thunderstorm occurring RIGHT NOW! A beautiful summer storm, following several hours of that tinged purple sky and flashes of heat lightning. Gorgeous. (And I left the wine bar just in time so as to enjoy this storm from my front room, and not have to walk through the downpour!)

Ben is in Philadelphia for some meetings, he left this morning. I shall wake early tomorrow to catch a plane up to Rochester. Looking forward to seeing the family! And: meeting the new pup, Wolf; seeing the new barn, the redecorated kitchen, and the farm in green in general. I hope it doesn’t really rain all weekend, as I’d like to swim and go riding (horse and bike!). We’ll see. Will take lots of photos. Meantime there are a few from Fire Island up on Flickr now.

recent readings
* The Places that Scare You, Pema Chodron
* The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard
* Lighthousekeeping, Jeanette Winterson
* The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
* The Wapshot Chronicle, John Cheever

recent viewings
* The Dark Ages (The History Channel)
* The Spiderwick Chronicles
* Mary Tyler Moore, (eason one)
* Moonlighting (pilot- oof!)
* A Picture of England (wonderful series, with David Dimbleby)
* Barbarians (series, with Terry Jones)

lately listening
* Girls and Boys, Ingrid Michaelson
* Music for Airports, Brian Eno
* LOTR Complete, Howard Shore
* s h u f f l e