During the years that Michael Spenser was alive he found Steve Hays at Triablogue an occasional thorn in his side. In the Boar's Head Tavern orbit Steve Hays was viewed as a trouble-maker.
I got to know Steve roughly twenty-seven years ago in college at a cadre at a little school by a canal. I met him around the same time I met one of his debating partners, Jeff Lowder. I would not have guessed back in the 1990s that I had ended up meeting members of the ... should I call it the dark web debates on Reformed Christianity and atheism? Jeff was agnostic at the time but his shift to atheism seemed fairly certain to me but that's a whole other topic. Steve Hays has died.
Saturday, June 06, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
possible durational correspondence between the syntactics of a standard verse-chorus, verse-chorus, bridge, verse-chorus pop song and a sonata form (a Ragtime and Sonata Forms postscript)
Back in April I wrote my roughly 131-page Ragtime and Sonata Forms project and for all of the readers who stopped well before part 18 it was in part 18 I provided a possible road-map for ragtime sonata forms. Well, since that got published I've been thinking more about how similar durational correspondences or proportional correspondences are possible in pop songs.
As with so many of his posts it may be up for only a few days but, well, I managed to read it, and so here's a lengthy passage that stood out.
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
With the lockdown conditions as they have been I didn't get a chance to hear his recital but I can share some of the music he's been playing.
Monday, June 01, 2020
it's not so good here in the Emerald City, stuff that i thought of writing about but may not for a while (but ironically just wrote about)
I'm okay but even I don't feel like blogging under the current circumstances and I had meant to blog some stuff that's really cool from a Leonard B. Meyer book I've been reading, one I referenced in Ragtime and Sonata Forms about proposed musical "universals". There are books I've been wanting to write about for months and I haven't gotten around to it because life is life and life is stressful. Last month's thesis pretty much was a thesis and there's other stuff in off-line life I've been working on.
Because she's been one of my musical heroes for a very long time ... and because after what's happened in Seattle over the weekend the message seems no less timely now than when Mahalia Jackson sang the song.