rainy day in Holland Michigan


I’ve been trying to choose a prelude and postlude for our Weekly broadcast online that fits somehow with the readings for the day. This Sunday I couldn’t come up with anything so I scheduled a Gymnopedie (the famous one) and a Gnossiene by Erik Satie. My boss told me it was okay to not have a music note this weekend.

I was looking through my piano music by Satie. A million years ago when I was a student at Ohio Weslyan I learned one or two of his nocturnes. All of this music fits the rainy day we are having.

I continue to work on my Bach violin bourree guitar transcription. I have been trying to practice some other guitar stuff to work up my guitar chops. I think I might pair it with John Renbourn’s version of Gervaise’s Bransle Gay. I have been practicing it and am surprised that it seems the easiest it’s ever seemed to me. Still I need to practice it so I know it well.

I play both of these much slower than anything I have found on YouTube.

I finished The Book of Dust Volume One The Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman and started the next volume, The Secret Commonwealth.

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i also finished reading 1 Henry IV by Shakespeare. This is the first of the Falstaff plays and probably the best one. Orson Welles uses a lot of it in his screen adaptation about Falstaff, Chimes of Midnight.

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Harold Bloom thought highly of Welles understanding of Falstaff.  I’ve started rereading Hamlet. Hamlet and Falstaff were Bloom’s favorite Shakespeare characters.

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I’m also nearing the end of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Emma Smith and James Shapiro don’t seem to think much of the Sonnets. I love them. I am reading A. L. Rowses edition of them.

I’m not exactly sure where he stands in the universe of Shakespeare scholarship, but I’m finding his comments helpful in understanding them.

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