11. January 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

Nico Muhly writes about the pop and “classical” and the two meeting or mixing or whatever. Good read.

Sometimes I get the feeling that pop artists are attempting classical music because they want to be taken seriously and classical artists are attempting the pop genre because they want to be popular. I guess I’m always the cynic.

But in any case, it’s a good article, and he mentions the currently popular Sufjan Stevens who plays oboe. He’s not exactly my cuppa, although I do own some of his stuff, but I know he’s popular with some.

And there’s this:

E.M.Forster says it best when describing how George Merrill touched him in the small of the back, “just above the buttocks”, to be specific: “The sensation was unusual and I still remember it … It was as much psychological as physical. It seemed to go straight through the small of my back into my ideas, without involving my thoughts.”

Good quote.

In other News …

  • Jameson was having a birthday party and I realized I was sill in my pjs when everyone began arriving. Yikes!
  • A shelf where I keep all my oboe reeds and reed making equipment, along with a few books, broke. Oh no!
  • I found out a person living with us is a scam artist and thief (not so great when there are instruments here). Uh-oh!
  • There was a tornado coming and Dan told me that I could take the baby and go crouch by tree trunk … a eucalyptus of all things! … and that I’d be perfectly safe. Yeah. Right.

    Then I woke up. Whew.

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