music clip of the day


Category: gamelan

Tuesday, February 16th


Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986), arranged for gamelan (Iwan Gunawan)



musical thoughts

Music is a means of rapid transportation.

—John Cage (1912-1992)


my back pages

Years ago, at the University of Chicago Law School, I took classes from the late Antonin Scalia. He was one of the first professors I encountered, as I had him for Contracts, a first-year staple. Two-word review: Very funny.

Monday, November 11th

People talk about getting enough of this or that in their daily diet. But what about beauty? There’s an epidemic, unreported by TV, radio, newspapers, of beauty malnutrition.

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), Threnody for Carlos Chavez (1978); William Winant Percussion Group with David Abel (viola), live, Berkeley, Calif., 2010



art beat: Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago (while waiting for the jury to return a verdict in a trial involving an alleged conspiracy to steal millions of dollars of diamonds)

Paul Cezanne, The Bay of Marseilles, Seen From L’Estaque, c. 1885


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