Monthly Archives: August 2017

Astral Weeks

        *****************************************************   In my young twenties, shortly after I had moved to New York, I was listening one afternoon to a progressive rock radio station playing the type of music that everyone seemed to be listening … Continue reading

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a note to the Tooth Fairy

        *****************************************************     Tooth   Re: Tooth Amount of money: $5.00   Tooth Fairy (Mommy) — Directions; 1. Take tooth; 2. Leave cash (no checks please) Hint: look under pillow. Only stupid people don’t get this. … Continue reading

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kudos

    Writers hunger for understanding and appreciation (as well as readers). A few readers of this blog, besides disagreeing (often vehemently) with my point of view, as reflected in some of my posts, have also critiqued my writing. I … Continue reading

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more Philip Glass (piano)

          *****************************************************   Posted here are two Philip Glass piano pieces: Metamorphosis One Mad Rush     — Roger W. Smith

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Koyaanisqatsi

          *****************************************************   Posted here is the soundtrack of the film Koyaanisqatsi (also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance), a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass. In the Hopi … Continue reading

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Philip Glass, string quartet no. 4 (“Buczak”)

          *****************************************************     Glass’s string quartet no. 4, also known by its title “Buczak,” was commissioned by Geoffrey Hendricks in remembrance of the artist Brian Buczak. Brian Buczak succumbed to AIDS in 1987 at the … Continue reading

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two of my favorite piano sonatas and how important the performer seems to be

    They are as follows:     Beethoven, piano sonata no. 27, opus 90, second movement (“Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen”; Not too swiftly and conveyed in a singing manner)     Andrew Rangell   Emil Gilels … Continue reading

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