One of the things I thought about after reading and rereading John Borstlap's The Classical Revolution was how much of his ideas were articulated decades earlier by Leonard B. Meyer, not just in Music, the Arts, and Ideas (which is a magnificent book I learned about through Kyle Gann's blog) but in other writings. A point that is paradoxically latent in Borstlap's book is that while the music of the Romantic era itself has much to commend the ideologies of the Romantic era are the source of many musical problems, specifically as they were taken up as battle cries for high modernism or what Meyer once called "late, late Romanticism".
Saturday, June 13, 2020
later writings from Leonard B. Meyer on the ideological double binds of late, late Romanticism --notes toward a neo-galant pop/classical fusion
follow up coverage of WA state ESD UI fraud situation, claims and counter-claims about who was noticing what when
For those who have kept some tabs on the unemployment insurance fraud situation that happened with the Washington State Employment Security Division ...
some musical links, Gregorian chant, chamber music for flute and guitar (Ourkouzonov), music for flute by Poulenc and Martin, and a quasi-concerto for jazz band and piano by George Russell for Bill Evans
a few musical links for the weekend
Thursday, June 11, 2020
#defund the police? Some thinking about possible ideas I hear from some conservative friends that may (or may not?) be common cause with progressives on police reform
I'm indisposed to hashtag approaches to issues by temperament but even I occasionally catch wind of hashtags that can show up on Twitter. #defundthepolice is one of those. Living in the age of CHAZ and hearing Sawant has gotten behind a specific hashtag ... I've been seeing some talk about what this hashtag may entail. Thus ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
a few links for mid-week--executive order stuff, UI fraud in WA state, Adolph Reed Jr on the problem of uplift, a theory about intra-elite conflict in the US, UK classical music in peril, and Doug Shadle on a Santa symphony
Since a certain executive order has been in the news ... we'll start with that after the break.
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
a reading list, for the moment presented without much explanation (11-14-2020, but it's a list of books on exorcism, diabology, The Watchers tradition, and spiritual warfare manuals in Christian writings and academic commentary thereon spanning 1895 to 2020)
But you'll see there's, ahem, a very persistent theme after the break. (updated as of 11-15-2020)