Christopher Trapani (1980-), Visions and Revisions (2013); JACK Quartet, 2018
Bob Dylan, “Visions of Johanna” (B. Dylan), 1966
Joanna Mattrey (viola, stroh violin), live, New York, 4/8/19
I made my way to the sofa, where I battled against cancer once more by lying there staring straight ahead. I had such great resistance to thought that I didn’t even worry.
—Colm Toibin, “‘It’s curable,’ he said,” London Review of Books, 4/18/19
sounds of New York
We Free Strings,* live New York, 1/18/19
*Melanie Dyer, viola; Charles Burnham, violin; Gwen Laster, violin; Alex Waterman, cello; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael Wimberly, percussion.
like nobody else
Laurie Anderson, “Language of the Future,” Dublin, 2017
Each day we go somewhere we’ve never been before.
Yesterday, listening to this while driving to see a client at an outlying jail, I was reminded, again, that hearing the right music at the right time can change your entire day.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Oscar Shumsky (1917-2000), violin, 1979*
*Sonata No. 1 in G minor: 00:01
Partita No. 1 in B minor: 17:04
Sonata No. 2 in A minor: 48:26
Partita No. 2 in D minor: 1:11:43
Sonata No. 3 in C major: 1:43:33
Partita No. 3 in E major: 2:07:17
Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) featuring Spektral Quartet, live (“Rosario,” “Milagrosa,” “Villabeño”), Washington, D.C., 1/4/19
from the mouse’s hole
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
Hard to believe.
But then so much is.
Arvo Pärt (1935-), Fratres for violin, string orchestra, and percussion (1992); Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Sergej Krylov, soloist and conductor), live, Lithuania (Vilnius), 2018
New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)
The Future is exactly the same . . .
—The Baffler, Jan.-Feb., 2019