the form of a man's rattle

In 1963 William Carlos Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry with his publication, Pictures from Brueghel. This morning I read the title poem. I picture the elderly, frail WCW pouring over the pictures, remembering seeing some of them in person and making his poems.

I like the quotation that WCW put in his book:

“… the form of a man’s rattle may be in accordance with instructions received in the dream by which he obtained his power.”

Frances Densmore, The Study of Indian Music

Reminds me of the important role dreams have played in my own life.


After reading poetry, I quickly turned to the final editing of the piece I have been working on. I have a full day today (Mom’s doctor appointment, a funeral to play at work and four ballet classes), so I didn’t read as long as I usually do.

I finished the string parts and know what I want to do with the keyboard articulations. You can see the articulations mostly in red above.

The choir nailed the Nigerian anthem yesterday. I really thought it was musical. They are also sounding pretty good on the Brahms and Mozart we are working on. One of the basses asked if we could try it A Capella. I love it when the singers get so involved in the sound.

conga drums (Large Animated Bodyshot)

The high school bongo player complained that we weren’t doing the triplet figure in the postlude together. I also love it when someone makes suggestions that improve performances. Which hers did. I had asked the choir to clap along. I also passed out my maracas and claves. My own part on the organ involved keeping the rhythm going in the manuals and playing a melody (with much different rhythms) in the pedals and other manuals. I asked the bongo player after the postlude if I managed to play the triplets correctly and she said I did. She has the sort of personality that I think she would have told me if I hadn’t.


The Art of Distraction by HANIF KUREISHI –

Haven’t finished reading this one yet, but I did read sections of it to Eileen yesterday.

I like the author’s attitude and ability to write prose and tell an interesting story.

“Biological determinism is one of psychology’s ugliest evasions, removing the poetic human from any issue.”

This is definitely my experience, that analysis can often miss the real essence of something.


The End of American Intervention –

Knowledgeable and informative article from James Traub.


» Regret the Error | Poynter.

This is a blog that keeps track of errors in Journalism. Or at least that’s what I think it is. I bookmarked it for future reference.


How Do We Know That Piracy Isn’t Really A Big Issue? Because Media Companies Still Haven’t Needed To Change As A Result Of It | Techdirt


AllThingsD is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. But it is different from other sites in this space. It is a fusion of different media styles, different topics, different formats and different sources

Another one I’m planning to check.


E-books Can’t Burn by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Thanks to brother Mark for pointing to this one…. Haven’t read yet, but plan to.


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