sick reading and piano playing


I am feeling better this morning. Maybe this dread illness is finally going away.  Last night I was not as exhausted as I have been when it came time to go to bed.  All signs to the good.

Yesterday I spent the entire day resting. For me this meant alternating between reading and playing piano. I guess that’s what I usually do with time off anyway. At least if I’m not working on composing some music or something.

I dipped into my Dostoevsky (Brothers Karamazov), Reinventing BachMusicking (by Christopher Small), Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (Diarmaid MacCuloch), and “Six Months, Three days” a short story from Some of the Best from 2011.



The short story was pretty weak but I don’t mind a sci-fi short story once in a while. I spent most of the time however doing escape reading in A Feast for Crows (Book 4 of Games of Thrones).

In between I snuck bits of Bach English Suites and Mendelssohn piano pieces in on the piano.

Today I have no scheduled tasks, other than prepping for upcoming stuff. I usually turn in music on Tuesdays for the bulletin a week from Sunday. In this case that would be Lent II. I am thinking of scheduling simpler organ music for this Sunday (Eileen’s suggestion as she watches me sweat bullets over preludes and postludes). I also am playing at my Mom’s nursing home on Thursday for Valentines day.


‘The Endgame’ and ‘My Share of the Task’ –

In this book review Bacevich takes propaganda volumes by players in the Iraq war to brilliantly shreds.


The Ignorance Caucus –

One side believes, at least in principle, in letting its policy views be shaped by facts; the other believes in suppressing the facts if they contradict its fixed beliefs.

*********************************************************** Morimur: Hilliard Ensemble, Christoph Poppen, Johann Sebastian Bach: Music

This interesting recording is mentioned by Paul Elie in Reinventing Bach. It illustrates a theory that Bach was quoting certain chorales in the unaccompanied violin sonatas. The Hilliard Ensemble sings snippets of them (including a cappella bits from the cantatas) and they are interleaved with the violin piece. I do love the Hilliard Ensemble. I bought the MP3 album since it’s not on Spotify.


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