Thursday, April 19, 2018

Something for Thursday

You know what? You look like you could use a half hour of Mozart. So here.

(And if you don't think you could use a half hour of Mozart? Shut up and listen to a half hour of Mozart.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tone Poem Tuesday

Stretching the idea of the "tone poem" somewhat, here is Alexander Glazunov again, this time looking back in time rather than east in direction. This orchestral suite is called "From the Middle Ages," and it is just that: a musical depiction, in Glazunov's thinking, of the climate of medieval Europe. There are big melodic strokes here, to be sure (this is a Russian Romantic, after all), but there are also intimate expressions of medieval dance, the songs of the troubadours, and the marching of the knights off to Crusade. At times this piece almost evokes for me the finest in film music.

Here is Glazunov's suite "From the Middle Ages."

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Something for Thursday

Today is National Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It's not enough to remember that it happened. We must remember why.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tone Poem Tuesday

There is something oddly seductive about the way the Russian Romantic composers, while trained in the musical traditions of the west, often looked eastward for inspiration. That exotic flavor lives so sparklingly in the work of Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin, and is also found in the works of other Russians of the time, such as Alexander Glazunov. This work here, the Oriental Rhapsody, sounds like it belongs on a program of such music alongside Scheherazade and In the Steppes of Central Asia. It's a musical tribute to an Asia-that-never-was, born in a time when the word "Orient" was used to sum up virtually a third of the entire world and all the peoples therein. There's no real depiction of an actual Asia here, just an imagined one...but the imagination is powerful.

Here is Glazunov's Oriental Rhapsody.

Monday, April 09, 2018


Just because, here are some photos of the dogs.

(I'll take more of the cats soon.)

I interpret the Dee-oh-gee's expression as being sick of winter's shit. #Cane #DogsOfInstagram #greyhound #KnoxFarm #EastAurora #wny #spring #overalls #dickiesworkwear #bluedenim #dungarees #biboveralls #doubledenim

Morning Carla #Carla #dogsofinstagram #pitbullmix #pitbullsofinstagram

The surest sign yet of an impending spring #Cane #DogsOfInstagram #greyhound

WAZZAT!!! #Cane #DogsOfInstagram #greyhound #KnoxFarm #EastAurora #wny #winter

2/2 Carla playing with her brother. #Cane #DogsOfInstagram #greyhound #Carla #pitbullmix #pitbullsofinstagram

Carla awaits the unwrapping of her new ball. #Carla #dogsofinstagram #pitbullmix

Tell Mr. DeMille that Carla is ready for her close-up. #Carla #dogsofinstagram #pitbullmix

Friday, April 06, 2018

Bad Joke Friday

Wow, I need to get back into the swing over here, don't I? Here's something! It's not even a bad joke. I liked it, actually!


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Something for Thursday

I really love the movie Catch Me If You Can. One reason is John Williams's wonderful score, with its mix of caper-jazz and its wistful tone depicting Frank Abagnale's (Leonardo DiCaprio) unspoken wish for some kind of normal life. Williams edited his masterful score, one of his most underrated gems, into this suite.