All posts tagged: Music

The communication of Power…

“Is it not possible still to hold that poetry is power communicated by words in verse, and prose is power communicated by words not in verse?”* And what then may be said of Poetry’s sister energy, Music? That it’s the communication of power is undeniable; but through what medium? Sound? Notes? That’s too simplistic. To define music as merely notes organized to your liking is to equally define poetry as letters so selfishly arranged. This simply will not do. Advertisements

Happy Birthday…

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are. Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint-Exupery – whose birthday we remember on this date.   It is also with a most heavy heart that I awoke this morning to the news of Chris Squire’s passing. The founder bassist with the band Yes, he was …

Villa-Lobos…

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, and has been called the most significant Latin American composer of the 20th century… I’m not quite sure who has called him that. Just as I’m quite sure there are probably other Latin American composers who might take exception to that statement. Oh, there it is… I see it now… Some guy named Simon Wright called Villa-Lobos that. I wonder if Wright was right… Or was he, perhaps, left, when Wright said that? Inquiring minds wanna know… *AHEM* The incomparable Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Sung by the almost equally incomparable Kiri Te Kanawa…

Thomas Tallis…

Thomas Tallis was an English Renaissance composer who lived from c1505-1585. We think… We don’t really know – nor do we know much about his much younger student William Byrd. Between the two men, English music was elevated to new heights, from which a lot of what we have now has descended. And yet no one seems inclined to question their authorship, like they do that of another prominent English artist from the around same time frame, and the same geographical locale – whom we also know little to nothing about – whose birthday we traditionally celebrate on this date. As far as the A to Z Challenge and Shakespeare’s birthday lining up… Missed it by that much… But I digress… Still… The notion that Christopher Marlowe wrote the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet seems rather ridiculous, when you come right down to it…