A Musical Interlude

NaBloPoMo Day 15!

The conclusion to my little series on criticism continues to brew, so I thought in the meantime I’d post some Actual Music. Have you ever heard the quote, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”? I think I had first heard it attributed to Laurie Anderson, but apparently it’s one of those things that have several alleged sources — here’s a rundown. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of my musical idols is in the running!

Here’s a piece I wrote and performed when I was in the thick of coursework in my Ph.D. program. I was torn between, among other things, highfalutin academic ideals on the one hand, and my own slightly quirky notions of beauty on the other. I was also tired of being so dang serious all the time, so I decided to have a little fun (the fun part comes toward the end, so, if I may beg your indulgence be sure to listen to the whole thing! 🙂 )

It’s called “Second Thoughts.” Enjoy!

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4 Responses

  1. I like it. Channelling Peter Schickele, are we? 🙂

  2. @ Glen — Thank you! However, I am too young to know of this Peter Schickele person of whom you speak. 😛

  3. Come to think of it, I think to be “channelling” somebody they first have to be dead. Whereas Peter Schickele is still around and occasionally “finding” new PDQ Bach pieces to perform on tour. Anyway, one of the PDQ albums includes an orchestral piece that repeatedly sneaks in Tea For Two – it’s such a fun, addictive little melody.

    Congrats on being married! I liked your coke-bottle-glasses look way back when – it suited you. You know, you could always get glasses made with clear-glass lenses…

  4. P.S.: Here’s a short chorale piece I wrote last year:

    [audio src="http://www.impel.com/music/FSM%20Hymn.mp3" /]

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