October 20, 2019
the phrases, sometimes, come in threes
so that they seem to have gotten stuck
but the third iteration
is free to move
a game mechanic
Danzon Cubano - Aaron Copland - London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland
It is either in, or it is played back at a tape speed so that the result is in, F-sharp. There is a soprano solo in the Christe eleison, if that helps.
Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan [from Biograph]
I presume this is from his Gospel days. Musically it is about as strong as anything else of his. I'm not sure what all the fuss was about.
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) - Bruce Springsteen [from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 1975-85]
This song tries too hard. It fills space to little effect. Then it goes on and on. He wanted to do a particular dramatic thing in his set, and inflicted that particular dramatic thing on the song.
Six Crooked Highways - Bob Dylan [Key Arena, October 2006]
Never sure of his song titles. This also has it's a hard rain so that might be it. This is a recording made live from the board. The sound guy messes it up just to juice the ending.
Gramma's In The Cellar - Train Case
Train Case is Karen Eisenbrey and Neal Kosály-Meyer
In Transit - Arbor Towers [from In Transit EP]
The mix has a loudness problem, but the song is strong. It has lots of guitar.
Sonata in C major, K. 49 - Domenico Scarlatti - Pieter-Jan Belder
I love those "hey why did he stop playing" breaks between phrases. They are exactly not any kind of Grand Pause.
This doohickey does doohickey stuff
Messiah Part 3 - George Frideric Handel - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw, Kaaren Erickson, Sylvia McNair, Alfreda Hodgson, Jon Humphrey, Richard Stilwell, Layton James
The vocal line is supported, re-interpreted, developed by the lines of the setting and by how the harmony re-interprets the lines by re-balancing them upon other centers. It's gloss all the way down.
Over-the-top hype of the trumpet solo entrance masquerading as eschatological theology.
Oral history, at least, has the King of England finally arriving just in time for the Hallelujah Chorus, which immediately precedes Part 3. So, did Handel know that, that is, ahead of time? Would it allow him to compose Part 3 so that his vocal stars could strut their stuff for Royalty?
What Is a Woman - Harvey Schmidt - Mary Martin [from I Do! I Do!]
"That's why a woman is only alive when in love."
Well that is a pre-feminist statement for sure!
or: Until she is in thrall she is dead.
Heart of Mine - Bob Dylan [from Biograph]
a tired song that wanders into hook and cliche.
This is the table grace I wrote to Karen's words, for use in our married life. The score was presented to her as my wedding present. Simple, pentatonic, and quite elegant I think. In practice we hold the last note of each phrase. I made this recording recently.
Ratchet - Aaron Keyt [from November Choses]
in the dark
and possible traffic
Here I Am - Operation ID (Ivan Arteaga, Jared Borkowski, Rob Hanlon, David Balatero, Evan Woodle [from Legs])
meter and rhythm adhering closely to an image of machine time
Several Months Have Passed - Karen Eisenbrey [Common Good Cafe, Seattle, August 2016]
"far from my normal Thursday"
Karen was reading from her then just released first novel "The Gospel According to St. Rage." This section is in the voice of Barbara, the protagonist. This evening she'll be reading from several of her books at the Neverending Bookstore in Edmonds. In costume no less. I'm going to the party disguised as Barbara's dad.
October 24, 2019
|here I am|
let it sink in
Sonata in A Major (#1) - Gabriel Fauré - Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Neikrug
Neal dropped by in the middle, and we agreed that as a Violin Sonata this makes for a pretty fabulous Piano Quintet. Under cover of Late Romantic noodliness is some subtle tunesmithery and some solid and imaginative contrapuntal thinking.
Fauré for me is largely an unknown. I am familiar with the Requiem, but that's about it.
This gobsmacked me.
He also had a fine mustache, handlebar style.
October 21, 2019
Gradus 357 - Neal Kosály-Meyer
the art of guiding the process of coherence
one among the many practices of rhetoric
a swaying of the ear
perswaysion as it were
We can analyze what we have been persuaded to hear
or we can analyze the process, the rhetoric
of how we were persuaded to hear it
acoustic phenomenon, chord of nature, etc.
are only some among many common tools with which one might -suade an ear
in and of itself they (acoustic phenomenon, chord of nature, etc.)
are neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for music to be heard as such
they are an enabler, not the sole basis, of composition
October 25, 2019
House Rain - Keith Eisenbrey
A squall passed by so I recorded some of the sounds it made from inside, then from outside, then
|not playing spoons|
mechanics trades flying marbles the on
stops beneath a way to drink the round andyou have time to breathe again i was the
just sit therebe lost
the road is a map