letters to myself

It rained during the choir party yesterday. The host asked me to help him move a table as it began. We got soaked. He changed clothes and handed me a towel. I was wet for the rest of the evening. But not uncomfortable.

Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual 1860-1909

I found a fascinating piece by Albeniz in the multi-volume piano music anthology my father bought for me at a garage sale.

Albeniz was a contemporary of Debussy and Granados. They all wrote exotic piano music. I think they were aware of each other’s work. Debussy obviously is the giant of the three. But in the last few years I have been more and more attracted to composers who use folk language in their art. Guys like D. Scarlatti (whose essercizi abound with Spanish rhythms and other musical ideas) to Villa Lobos and many others.


I was surprised by the rhythmic tattoo Albeniz employed in this piece. A quick glance online reveals that the zortzico was a Basque dance form in 5/4. Who knew?

According to the web site this pic is linked to Albeniz was Catalan not Basque, but was drawn to the zortico dance of the Basque. Zortzico bailado en la Plaza de Elorrio Bringas Museo Zumalakarregi Museoa

I read this passage in the Adrienne Rich essay, “Someone is writing a poem,” this morning:

“… sending letters to myself is enough for attention to be paid….

most often someone writing a poem believes in, depends on, a delicate, vibrating range of difference, that an “I” can become a “we” without extinguishing others, that a partly common language exists to which strangers can bring their own heartbeat, memories, images. A language that itself has learned from the heartbeat, memories, images of strangers.”

I was reminded of my recent musings about what I expected initially from the internet… conversations, ideas, and so on…

Earlier in the essay Rich mentions the reader as an “active participant without whom the poem is never finished.”

Rich’s emphasis on the communal and the interactive nature of her art is a breath of fresh air to me. Musicians haven’t in my hearing or reading debated this much. So often, music is reified from activity to dull object of learning.

I thin this is why I have landed on the idea that music is “something you do.”

And I like the idea of “musicking” a word Christopher Small coined to include all participants in the process. Not just players and listeners, but dancers, people who cleaned the room, anybody who has anything to do with the process.


Tough Guise (Unabridged) Preview | Media Education Foundation

This seems to be online access to video about media distortion recommended by Brene Brown.

She also recommended this one:

An earlier version seems to be available online.

Killing Us Softly 3 –

Neither is on Netflix.


Reporter Interrupts Obama During Statement on Immigration – NYTimes.com

Lack of civility contributes to the erosion of the quality our public discussions. Just my opinion.


Michigan’s Attack on Women’s Rights – NYTimes.com

Michigan stupidity makes the NYT editorial page.


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