day off for jupe



I’m hoping today will be more of a day off than I have had this week.

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Yesterday culminated in a rehearsal with my piano trio for Sunday. We also read my new trio. It was fun and interesting to hear it played with real instruments. I think the players are up for a public performance a week from Sunday. I need to edit the score some more to reflect what I learned yesterday. After that I will post the score in my “free mostly original sheet music” section here.


So today is Donald Trump’s inauguration. I read some more in Strangers in Their Own Land by Hochschild. It’s hard not to think that the misinformation in Trump’s campaign was critical to his election. I note over and over again that people who  support him cite odd reasons peppered with false facts about  health care, immigration, poverty, you name it.

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It does seem difficult to me to stay informed if you rely on TV and an uncritical use of the internet.

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From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece – The New York Times

I just went and looked up this article that I read yesterday. I find it appalling that there is just economic incentive for fraud to be committed in this way.

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It completely demeans the idea of educating the people and they will govern themselves.

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Then there’s this tempest in a teapot.

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Trump’s inauguration plans too ‘traditionally American’ to include Kanye West – LA Times

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I read an article about this this morning. I love American music and the eclecticism it represents in my mind. However, the discussions are on a par with fake news as far as I’m concerned. No context and of course no mention of classical music that I have found so far. NPR probably has the best thing I could find on the music at today’s Inauguration.

For The Inauguration, Trump’s Music Picks Look A Lot Like Richard Nixon’s : The Record : NPR

This has some good historical notes.

Eileen observed this morning that she doesn’t recall watching many presidential inaugurations on TV. We’ll probably catch Trump’s speech later.

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spending a lot of time in front of Finale


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This has been an intense week for me so far. The burst of composition energy on Monday was followed by hours with Finale. Yesterday i was surprised at how much time and energy it took to prepare a piano version of Sunday’s anthem. I also pulled out some lines in the original composition for the violin and cello to play. I was working on all this up until about  an hour before the evening rehearsal at 7 PM. I had intended to move on to editing and preparing a better version of the Trio I wrote on Monday but that didn’t happen.  That’s this morning’s project. So far I’ve resisted it. I did do Greek and a little poetry, but I am missing my quiet morning time and think I will do a bit more reading before breakfast and then work on editing the Trio after breakfast.

My friend Nick Palmer reached out to me about his new Episcopalian gig. I think we’re going to meet up next week. That will be a delight.

I am going to stop and get back to morning relaxing.

Fox News was the dominant news source in the 2016 election, Pew survey finds.

This article helps me understand how rare it is for people to seek their news outside of TV sources. No wonder this country is crazy. None of these cited are ones that I use. I watch Newshour with Eileen but I think it’s consistently terrible. I look at Googles News regularly which leads me to many other sources. Looking at what sources are doing what stories is very helpful. And then there’s Real Clear Politics. It gives nice overviews of current discussions by simply perusing headlines again noting the sources.