05 May 2015

Springing the Trap?

Still hoping to put on The Mousetrap at King's Chapel this 2 June. The good news is, the "new" violist, Frank Grimes (a long-standing colleague of our own Peter H Bloom), likes the piece, thinks it will be fun to play. The only question, of course, is: is there time for the two of us to put it together in the next four weeks.

We shall reach a decision this week (of course) . . . Plan B is to revive the Studies in Impermanence.

02 May 2015

Concert a-coming

Excellent rehearsal with our Triad endeavor last night.  The Agnus Dei is getting there.  The whole concert on 11 May will be strong and musical.

01 May 2015

Spoiler alert (sort of)

Courtesy of an old acquaintance (lest he be forgot):

John Rogers: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

I only wish he had left out that "of course," which spoils the joke.

A celebration of sorts

Top 10 “Guess they sounded good to him at the time” Peter Gabriel lines:

10. Lenny Bruce declares a truce, and plays his other hand.
9. Something tells me I’d better activate my prayer capsule
8. Show me ’round your fruit cage, ’cause I will be your honey bee.
7. But the Devil caught hold of my soul and a voice called out Shoot!
6. This is Moribund, the Burgermeister, I’m gonna keep this monster down.
5. The porcelain mannequin with shattered skin fears attack
4. And if we break before the dawn, they’ll use up what we used to be.
3. Don’t tell me this is dying, ’cause I ain’t changed that much.
2. It’s a yellow plastic “shoobedoobe”
1. Hand in hand, gland in gland


28 April 2015


Yes, there is nothing in the least wrong with your suggestion. It is, in fact, by most measures, simply reasonable, and realistic.

Nonetheless, the freedom in which I exult I will not lightly exchange away. If I can accommodate your suggestion, I shall. Yet, I find too much joy, myself, in "abstract art" -- in art on its own terms and focused upon for what it is, itself -- that I should in any degree concede that non-narrative art is in any wise audience-unfriendly.

In fact, the freedom in which I exult is part of the nursery for the work I do. What if my work were not nearly so good, bent to the apparently beneficial purpose you suggest?

Maybe, I should just go on writing as I damned well please.

24 April 2015

Eve of a test drive

Tomorrow, our Triad choir have a rehearsal qua program run-through. It will be roughly equal parts exciting and interesting, as I think we have as yet sung only two of the pieces on the program straight through in rehearsal. But then, part of the joy in this endeavor is the communal fearlessness.

23 April 2015

A tale of partial success

The case against "50% success" in the Arts ....

A friend offers the following regretful critique:

'If [piece #1 by composer N.] suffers from one problem - the finale being of far greater interest than the first two movements - then [piece #2 by composer N.]  suffers from the exact opposite issue. The first few minutes are incredibly fun to listen to, and exciting not just in the conventional sense but in the "interesting new directions" sense. But the last 10 minutes or so really bore me. Bummer.'

Has the look of a composer with enough skill to spin notes, but no mastery of Composition.