Is anyone in pop music farther out?
Björk, “Blissing Me,” TV show (Later . . . with Jools Holland, BBC), 5/26/18
I am flowering and dying.
—Peter Gizzi, from “Tradition & The Indivisible Talent”
Björk, “Blissing Me,” 11/16/17
Mortality is fatal
Gentility is fine
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 2 (Franklin), excerpt
Björk, “The Gate,” 9/20/17
Said is missaid.
—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “Worstword Ho” (1983)
It’s impossible, sometimes, to separate our experience of music, especially pop music, from the surrounding circumstances. The other day, for instance, I was taking my son Luke back to school in Bloomington, Indiana. He was playing dashboard DJ. As we rolled through the hills of southern Indiana, nearing our destination, this came on after a long stretch of hip-hop (Lil Wayne, Eminem, Young Jeezy, Tyga, et al.), and the electronic intro, the Björk-like voice—they lit up the highway.
Ellie Goulding, “Lights”
art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago (after a hearing at the nearby federal court building)
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective (through 9/3/12)
Look Mickey (1961)
Artist’s Studio “Look Mickey” (1973)
If, someday, Björk invites you over for tea, don’t be surprised if she wants to show you this.
Martha Argerich, at home with then-husband conductor Charles Dutoit, Switzerland (near Lausanne), 1972
‘Recently I have been guilty of watching a lot of YouTube,’ Björk says. She’s been exploring Martha Argerich (1972 home movies) . . .
—Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise (blog), 11/13/11
Happy Birthday, Suzanne!