October 24, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Center Theatre at Seattle Center
Not just a fine production, but also some excellently integrated music. Credit to the composer Michael Brockman for a pitch-perfect 1953 Vegas pastiche, and to actor Justin Huertas's serial channeling of Frank and Dean. Hey Nonny Nonny!
October 26, 2013
Anything Goes - Cole Porter - Roundabout Theatre Company
The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
A running gag has the woostersome Brit Lord Evelyn Oakleigh collecting American expressions in a book and consistently failing, in practice, either to get them straight or to apply them appropriately. This becomes an especially pointed barb because Cole Porter plays so adeptly at both the linguistic slang - twisting, punning, over-reaching for rhymes with joyous abandon - and at what might be a form of musical slang - a bubbly smooch of vaudeville, swing, latin, and more, integrated into a single unmistakable voice. Sorry, ALW, you haven't got a chance. Lord Evelyn opts for the genuine article.
October 20, 2013
Sitting By My Window - The Five Tinos - [from Sun Records Definitive Hits]
Doo Wop hooks into all the good feelings generated when people sing together. The fun they're having is more than half the pleasure of listening.
Abendslied - Aaron Keyt
spiraling down slow
to land at bottom
unjarring as possible
The Abyss (draft) - Keith Eisenbrey (November 25, 2005)
Preconcert Spherics - S. Eric Scribner
The chatter preceding a concert in Snohomish in October of 2010, beneath which a subtle rumbly specter churns.
Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich - [from Sun Records Definitive Hits]
The backup singers are tricked out with massive reverb.
|Dan Sedia, ca. 1984|
I had completely forgotten, but it seems I had a part in this "pass along a tape" project. Dan recorded a solo guitar improvisation. This was followed by a piano solo by a collaborator whose name got lost somewhere, and then I added a short session on bug-guitar and ocarina. I must have then sent the original back to Dan.
The Abyss (draft) - Keith Eisenbrey (November 27, 2005)
I was working hard on getting the transition from the first to the second movement just right. This one was just about there.
Snohomish Piece 2 - Keith Eisenbrey, S. Eric Scribner, Neal Meyer
October 22, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 52 - (September 1985, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Meyer)
Heavy downstrum, then we pluck at each other. Culture Shock in America. Species of steady beats going each their own awry. Taped interloputions distract. Speck of voice. If not disciplined amplification becomes competitive.
October 23, 2013
Gradus 88 - Neal Meyer - (November 2005)
Homely - in the next room of the imaged sound tea is made. The kettle whistle, the clunk of cap on stove top, the disboarding of cups, the hissing pours.
Oceanic Music - S. Eric Scribner
In Session at the Tintinabulary
October 21, 2013
Gradus 235 - Neal Meyer
of a composing ear
illumination of reflection
creation of revelation
reflection of creation
revelation of illumination
in particular their particulars
the silence is Sabbath