Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Your Symphony wears combat boots.

Went to a nice concert in a church Saturday.
Heard a Sibelius violin concerto played very nicely by a student.
She was accompanied by the Thalia orchestra.

Pronounced "They LIE ya" like you were talking about the government.

They also played a Howard Hanson symphony.
The conductor advised us to let ourselves go and feel the emotion of the piece.
The closest I could come to feeling anything was when the percussion section, mainly the big bass drum, was pounding away.
I felt a little like stomping something.
Or pounding on my chest.

Ma non troppo.

I don't do feelings.

H. Hanson is one of the founts of Hollywood movie music. even if you don't know it, you've heard it before.
John Williams drinks from that fount.
As Prof Pete Schikele defines the similarity between the two;
The name of the similarity is "identity"

Then I helped schlep stuff to clean out a room for a guest who will be staying with us for a week or so.
Cramped up my back, as per usual.
Amazing amount of dust can settle on stuff in a mere 6 years.

And then...

and then....

I don't know what then...

Along came Jones, I guess...

I don't want to write any more


Blogger butch said...

Lovely to find out about Howard Hanson, and his connection to movie composers:
Howard Harold Hanson (October 28, 1896 – February 26, 1981) was an American composer, conductor, educator, music theorist, and ardent champion of American classical music. Director for 40 years of the Eastman School of Music, he built a top quality school and provided unparalleled opportunities for commissioning and performing American music. He won a Pulitzer Prize for one of his works and received numerous other awards.

It went on to say that Jerry Goldsmith, a damned fine composer himself, borrowed heavily from Hanson's "Symphony #2" for some of the music in ALIEN. So good ear, and good on you, sir.

Just returned from dropping Melva off at Sea Tac as he heads off to a conference in Atlanta. The airport totally stresses me out anymore, that and not seeing as well as I should at night, made for a very stressed out ride there this morning. I guess I will wimp out in the future and just let her drive the vehicle to the airport, and limp along independently after dropping her off. I get to pick her up on Saturday night; more fun. I am pretty upset by all this it seems; blood pressure pounding, brows knitted, lips pursed.

Thalia Symphony
Orchestra in Residence at Seattle Pacific University
Our 60th Season!
Eric Hanson, conductor
First Free Methodist Church

I guess they played Howard Hanson's NORDIC Symphony, enit? I wonder if the conductor is any kin to Howard? Did you ever check out Thalia when you lived on Queen Anne?

You are still in pretty good shape for a duffer, and if your back kicks up doing some moving of furniture, imagine the situation we old fat guys who work in offices have to deal with.

Added THE WRESTLER to our TFC list of films to see in late Feb, early March; should be a corker. A committee member asked me last night if I caught Sherman Alexie's appearance at UPS on Monday night. I freaked out. I had not heard about it, and thus missed it. Sherm was merely miles away, doing his thing, and I totally screwed the pooch. Guess I need to monitor his calendar of events on his website more often, enit?


6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane,
The guest for whom you cleaned your room (the LL) and I are most grateful to you and hope your back feels better real soon.
Anonomann + LL

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damned shame dat youse don't do feelins, kid, cuz dat's wot seprates us from da lower forms of anmals. Youse got such an artistic side to youse, dat I dont see how youse can gitby widout doze "feelins".


6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Doug was just being facetious, and of course he "feels" life so very deeply--it's just that he does not express his emotions comfortably. When words do not suffice, he moves to music and it expresses how e feels.


6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the dude says he don't "do feelings", then that's all there is to discuss. We love him regardless. Odd about that.

...............Eddy Emerald

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most philosophers feel that when a man suppresses his emotions so blatantly, this is a surefire indication that he also has latent homosexual tendencies that he is afraid may come to the surface.

..........Sigmond Frieud

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring those tendencies on, man. Many of us could, and would dig it.

........Tiny Timmy

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are those weeping willies out here that love a strong repressed man. After all a hard man is good to find, enit?

.........Lester FallsApart

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, calm down dudes. Doug ain't no queer, he's just a hardass who never got a break, and is still pissed off about it.

.......Eddie Emerald

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when I bitch slapped that punk coward back in the day? I liked how it made me feel.

.......General George Patton

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Patton, you were all bluster and blarney. You make me want to moonwalk all over your ass.

......Mikkel Jack'son

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can assure all of you that my Douglas is all man. He would never be interested in having an affair with another man. It does fret me, however, that his repressed emotions prevent him from writing poetry, and/or fully appreciating the poems written by others.


5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my Symphony wears combat boots, then your mother's living bra bit her.

........Geraldo S.

5:49 AM  

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