A Hundred Days of Trump – The New Yorker

This is a good overview from my online-echo-chamber-confirmation-bias sources.

Salman Rushdie Reads Italo Calvino – The New York

I love this podcast. In the short story the narrator says that he lives in a “castle of meanings, not things” which I like but think I misinterpret and twist into applying to myself. Rushdie indicates that he believes that the narrator fails to separate things and ideas in his life. Oops. Anyway here’s a link to a pdf of the story, if you want to read it.

The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down –

I admire the author, Neil Gabler. Bookmarked to read.

Key Copyright Bill Passes In the House, Music Community Cheers | Variety

Yikes. I am not exactly a Democrat, but I do thing that information wants to be free.

Trump’s Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity | By Ralph Nader | Common Dreams

As usual Nader’s prose is a little purple, but I still agree with him.

More and more our world feels like a sinking ship. This story talks about saving Organgutans funded by people who are destroying their environment. Good grief.

That Ghostly, Glowing Light Above Canada? It’s Just Steve – The New York Times

I have been watching headlines about “Steve.” I finally read this article. I like the origin of the naming.

I’m sure it’s difficult to be a prison guard and this dude sounds wildly out of control most likely due to some combination of mental illness and mental capacity, but there is no excuse for this.

The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer – Brain Pickings

This link is for my smarter brother, Mark, who admires all things Gaiman. You probably have already seen this, but here it is in case you haven’t.

frescobaldi serrendipity


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I spent a little time playing through more of Frescobaldi on the little Pels at St. Francis yesterday. Frescobaldi is on my mind a lot lately. It began with the gamba pieces Dawn and I have been playing and enjoying so much. I pulled out my old Kalmus volume of Frescobaldi toccatas and began playing through it. I happily discovered that I have learned and performed several of these pieces in the past.

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Then I stumbled across Andrew Lawrence-King on YouTube lecturing about the “Frescobadl rules” after being intrigued by a performance of one of his toccatas by Marco Mencoboni. I am beginning to suspect that Mencoboni’s performance might the kind of performance that Lawrence-King thinks is unstylistic (too free).

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Nevertheless, it is charming. Here it is again.

I was delighted to find that there is an entire interview of Alexander Lawrence-King in the collection of interviews I have been reading, Inside Early Music by Bernard D. Sherman.

I dutifully finished the interview of William Christie in it before turning to Lawrence-King’s interview. He seems like a scholar that I will enjoying learning from.

This morning I was reading in Peter Williams’ J.S. Bach: A life in music. Again i was pleasantly surprised when Williams began talking about how Frescobaldi’s work influenced Bach and that Bach owned copies of Frescobaldi’s music.

What nice serendipity.

For my organista readers who don’t do Fecesbooker (Hi Rhonda!) here’s a pic of what the ongoing organ installation at Grace Church, Holland, looked like yesterday.

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Also, I ran across the work of Joan Chamorro on Facelessbooger yesterday. I mistakenly thought that “Joan” was the trombone player in this lovely video recording. I found it confusing when I read about how “Joan” had started this jazz group for young musicians in Barcelona and in all of the videos I found the bass player from this video was leading. A bass player friend of mine corrected me. Now I get it. Joan is a guy.

I do like this music quite a bit.

BBC Radio 3 – Composer of the Week, Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Schumann Moves to Dusseldorf

My tablet podcast player doesn’t work very well with BBC podcasts. I outsmarted it and listened to part of this on my laptop. Great stuff as usual from the BBC.

The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think – POLITICO Magazine

If you’re interested in understanding what’s happening to our media in the USA this is a must read. I put it up on Facebook as well.

Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88 – The New York Times

I liked his book.

The Urgency of Ethnic Nationalism – The New York Times

Weird shit.

What Trump’s Budget Means for the Filet-O-Fish – The New York Times

More screw ups from the Trump Team.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss – The New York Times

New links.