Thursday, September 13, 2007

More bike stuff

My ex-wife has a friend who rode the STP. We got together yesterday and rode. From Kenmore to Marymore park and partially along the connection to Lake Sammamish.
32.3 miles, avg spd 12.3, max spd 29.2, trip time 2 hr 36 min 17 seconds.

I've been trying to link what used to be titled "The Story" (it's now called "Origins Issue") but it doesn't seem to work. I was inspired to do this by a picture of Stravinsky posted on Soho the dog. It's Igor's mug shot from when he was arrested for fooling with the national anthem.

We artists must suffer.

My "Origins Issue" is the chronicle of the Seattle Symphony's criminal case against me.

You can search for the archived post if you want, or you can push this button

Link don't work, just go to Sept 2006 archive

All this physical stuff is eating into my creative time.
Exercise causes muscle-building steroids.
Steroids diminish irony, one tends to take oneself seriously.
Sense of humor diminishes.
This is exactly what is wrong with the world.
It's ridiculous.

I know I have promised to post some new work and I will.
It's not ridiculous.
The music's not.
This post undoubtedly is.
See what I mean about taking one's self seriously?


Blogger butch said...

Man, the STP runs about 205 miles from tape to tape, city to city. If you could sustain that pace of 12.3mph, you would finish in only 17 hours, which would be outstanding. I have two friends that made it in one day, starting at 3:30am. Most people do 100 miles per day, with a night's sleep in between.

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor' Fjodorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer, considered by many in both the West and his native land to be the most influential composer of 20th century music. He was a quintessentially cosmopolitan Russian who was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of the century.[1] In addition to the recognition he received for his compositions, he also achieved fame as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works.

Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet): L'Oiseau de feu ("The Firebird") (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps ("The Rite of Spring") (1913). The Rite, whose premiere provoked a riot, transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure; to this day its vision of pagan rituals enacted in an imaginary ancient Russia continues to dazzle and overwhelm audiences.

After this first Russian phase he turned to neoclassicism in the 1920s. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue, symphony), frequently concealed a vein of intense emotion beneath a surface appearance of detachment or austerity, and often paid tribute to the music of earlier masters, for example J.S. Bach, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

In the 1950s he adopted serial procedures, using the new techniques over the final twenty years of his life to write works that were briefer and of greater rhythmic, harmonic, and textural complexity than his earlier music. Their intricacy notwithstanding, these pieces share traits with all of Stravinsky's earlier output; rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few cells comprising only two or three notes, and clarity of form, instrumentation, and of utterance.

He also published a number of books throughout his career, almost always with the aid of a collaborator, sometimes uncredited. In his 1936 autobiography, Chronicles of My Life, written with the help of Alexis Roland-Manuel, Stravinsky included his infamous statement that "music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all."[2] With Roland-Manuel and Pierre Souvtchinsky he wrote his 1939–40 Harvard University Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, which were delivered in French and later collected under the title Poétique musicale in 1942 (translated in 1947 as Poetics of Music).[3] Several interviews in which the composer spoke to Robert Craft were published as Conversations with Igor Stravinsky[4] They collaborated on five further volumes over the following decade.

I love that mug shot. He probably had it framed and hung it in his den. As to the chronicle of how the SSO singled you out for cruxifiction, for harrassment, and bullying, yeah "The Story" is worth the read, warning each of us to be careful with those unstable creative artistic types we bump into, because often they are truly off-center emotionally, invisible cripples, unable to cope with geniune straight forward relationships on any level.

I thought that exercise led to endorphins, which flooded your system with Feel Good hormones, much like getting laid, or eating chocolate. It has been so long since I biked, or hiked, or spiked --of course I might be missing the canoe, as it were.

Is this world "ridiculous", or just "absurd" in the most existential and Zen manner? Remember that song about Vincent Van Gogh, creativity can kill.

I sent out my little 3:10 TO YUMA review to several friends in my limited readership, with Lane Savant at the top of the list. One of my artist friends, a fellow movie buff wrote back," So for me your performance-based point of view of the entertainment industry is what most made the review a worthwhile read. It comes down to your excellent writing. You use your pen like a good cameraman --with attentiveness, flourish, and passion. Keep up the gusto!

I am sustained by the cinematic features of your directorial story-boarded imagination, and not just the cast's talent pool. Your prose stands on a stage of its own."

Pardon me while I take a bow!


3:29 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Well, I guess I can forget linking the Origins thingy. This site can't seem to find it's own posterior posts.
Did it work for you?
Maybe if we tied both it's hands behind it's back.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane, DARLING why are you so obsessed with this goofy chic?
I realize I'm dead and all, but sheeesh, man, I've done more for you than she ever will. Get a grip.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Speaking of sheeesh, I no sooner accept the idea that 100 miles in a day might be possible when everybody starts talking about doing the whole 200 in one day.
I mean that's the sort of thing the word was invented for.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, two cents worth if you please: the link did not work but it did reveal the date of the origins post and it was interesting to see the symphony thing laid out at last after all the discussion. (failed to find it on my own). So your outrage is at last pretty understandable though it might still be a stretch to expect the ACLU to appreciate its incredible awfulness. And with a potential sexual element...yikes, can we say 'complicated' in these duplicitous times? sad thing to have to go through. What I've noticed about several of the lawyers I've met is that they tend to care more about the law than the intents and purposes of said laws which is ostensibly to serve the needs of people right? You know, people, those living things. Composers sometimes tend to care about the beauty of structures and form more than the use of structures and form to create effects on the listener. Which is fine, I don't have to listen to it (not to presume the difference is always apparent either). Your music does not seem to suffer from being 'excessively schematic' which is one reason I tend to like it.



8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!
I am not the "Anonomous" who wrote the preceding comment, but I agree with most of that "Comment" -- except what lawyers ("Liars" in British English!!) stress; most do not stress "the law", but their potential "fee for 'services'".

Unfortunately, when I clicked on "The Story" here in the Mecklenburg State Library, I got the notice on the screen "nicht gefunden" (i.e., "not found"). I do VERY much want to read "The Story"!!!!! Could you please print it out and put it on my desk? Thanks, VERY, VERY much!!!

-- Anonomann (with regards to you, Meredith, and Keth, also to all from the "Lovely Librarian").

8:40 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Hooverific, Other searches will show some of the fun I had with the SSO and their lawyer; "Chuzpa" and "Talvi Agoniste"

9:05 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Anonomann, Go to the archives and look up September 2006 :the Story is there.
You already know the story.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous hooverific said...

hey 'anonymous' I might agree that the fee structure is what lawyers are most concerned with; I didn't address why lawyers might think the law is so beautiful. But most of the ones I've spoken with really do like the law itself as at least part of that; it's a big part of their self justification. For example one in particular I used to be neighbors with probably doesn't believe that he is being greedy even though I think he is a parasite. He takes on discrimination cases that have an actual element of 'justice' to them but freely discusses the two main 'business models' lawyers in private practice use: lots of small cases with a lot of legwork tossed out to paralegals (the safer and usually more lucrative way) or the way he does it: 4 or 5 big cases a year with a major score required every other year or so. He likes the excitement of this method. While I decry profiting from human misery it seems hypocritical to think that only lawyers have a delusional sense of virtue. We all gotta live somehow...

10:52 PM  

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