Despite being nearly totally deaf, Beethoven managed to compose what has been termed the Mount Everest of piano literature, completing the work in 1818 at age 48. It’s a massive work, containing generous amounts of Beethovian turbulence, a moving (& bluesy) slow section lasting almost 20 minutes and…, a fugue!
I offer Yuja Wang’s incredibly focused performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2016.
In My Head is a sort of autobiographical rumination, constructed of ephemera I have collected throughout my life (photographs, home movies, letters, writings, clips from favorite movies growing up, etc, whatever & whatnot … you know, stuff). It began with my postcard collection, then my movie poster collection, then it got sentimental & nostalgic. Although deeply personal, I must warn viewers that I am a very unreliable narrator.
“My name is Yoyoka Soma. I am 8 year old Japanese drummer.” … “The drum was the first instrument in which I felt an interest in my life.” … “My dream is to be the best drummer in the world.” Pure joy. Makes me smile every time I watch it.
Somewhere between a cello and a violin there is the viola, and wow, here’s a soulful performance that showcases that oft neglected instrument. Of course I’ve heard the orchestral score, the 10 pieces transcribed for solo piano, seen the ballet, but this take really nails the robust and moving score by Sergei Prokofiev. Performed by Maxim Rysanov (viola) & Da Sol Kim (piano).
Behold this awesome video from NASA created from data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft (LRO).
April 2, 1968: the best movie of all time is released, 50 years ago today!
This is made up of 2 sunsets, looped and mirror imaged. The music excerpt “Alight Spiral Tap” is borrowed from “REWORK” an album of music by Philip Glass (mixed by Beck & others).
PHOTO ESSAY !! Hill 88, located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in Marin County just north of San Francisco, an old abandoned military radar monitoring base, stunning views on a stunning day: March 3rd, 2018.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra gives an awesome live performance of the theme from Sergio Leone’s classic western “A Fistful of Dollars” (staring Clint Eastwood) composed by the great Ennio Morricone. Is that great or what? Want more? Here’s a performance of the theme from “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” !
For a time, I collected Mexican Lobby Cards, but lost interest after a while. I was thinking I could sell them, but realized I was still attached to them. De-cluttering is hard!