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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Hey Seattle-ites! I’m planning on catching the Seattle Symphony playing the Ives 3rd Friday night -- drop me a line if you’re going and let’s have a glass of something.

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Monday night I dreamed that Saturday Night Live was occasionally funny again. The key was, they no longer focused solely on celebrity parodies.

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Found in the men’s room at my office, a page from Craig’s List in Chicago, where an anonymous banjo player taking a cab home after the gig weeps listening to his Indian cabbie sing. (UPDATE: Posted wrong link; will correct tonight.)

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Topics for posts I may or may not get to:

The oratorical strand in free verse from Whitman to Sandburg to Ginsberg to the Slammers, and how Pound made his splash by “freeing” free verse from the oratorical. To do: Define “oratorical”; look up the names of the rhetorical tropes I’m thinking of; find relevant quotes esp. from the Slammers.

That book-list chain-post that Corndog sent me.

The unduplicability of the Kingsmen; harder to copy than Coltrane or Miles.

A Smooth Jazz cover of an Outkast song I heard on the radio the other day, and my chagrin about never posting on how Outkast’s original made me think of the Temptations. “I Like the Way You Move.” Great song.

Decontextualization of classical music by film and by general classical consumption; esp. as it relates to the pre-classical period, namely, Bach, and the proliferation of the “hits” (“Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude”) sans their original contexts; conjecture whether the creation of the continuous tradition in the late-Classical early-Romantic period influenced the decontextualization of Bach (his music like that of all previous composers fell out of circulation; Beethoven’s never did).

The 2-year-old standing the guitar up like a bass fiddle, strumming it and singing a song to Dzunukwa.

U of Michigan Men’s Glee Club 2nd oldest choir in the country (1859), only Harvard’s older (1858); connection of college drinking songs to the Goliards.
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