Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ghost Rider

I promised at least one friend I would write a review of Ghost Rider. I will try, perhaps here, perhaps in some other context. Since Ghost Rider is the last movie I saw ina theater maybe I should write about it. I'm not sure exactly what to say yet but I may get around to it when I have more time for being leisurely about it. I don't quite have that time now.

new cds and older books

I don't quite have all the resources to blog away as I did (not that i blogged at some frenetic pace) but I have more stuff for that now and hope to write more in a week or so. I finished reading This Is Your Brain on Music and have picked up the new CD by Atanas Ourkouzounov, which is a lot of fun. And on a more personal but not personal note, I now have a cork, a sliced up barbecue skewer and a carved up foam filter from a CPAP machine. You guitar literature geeks tell me what piece of music I am studying based on just that information.

It has come to my attention that I haven't read fiction in a while and while bits of Gogol and Dante are laying around I'm thinking of reading another Jane Austen book instead, at least at first. I could try reading more Dostoesvky but I'm not in the mood.

I also picked up an older book about Messiaen, a spendy book that smells of strange paper stock and has lots of pictures. I recently finished a book by John Piper. Desiring God is a better book than Don't Waste Your Life. There's a new N. T. Wright book out that I will try to get to as well but lately my thoughts have turned to Hanon.

So far I like Hanon. I like him because his exercises are clear and he actually tells you what you're even supposed to be playing them for. Czerny's School of Velocity is probably quite a school but it's not self-evident what precepts and physical movements you're supposed to nail with mastery of each exercise. I'm trying to get Michael Jackson's "Speed Demon" out of my head. I may have to listen to something to do that.