Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I've been asked for a primal scream in the 2vln concerto.

I got one gratis when Quake played my "Aspice Quod Felis Attraxit".

I thought there was no place for a scream but on relistening, I remembered there was.
It wasn't a primal variety, however
More like a frustrated one.
Right when the full orchestra is ponderously pontificating it's privileged puissance and totally ignoring any attempts of the duetists to bring in a note of common sense.
By moving one note up a minor second and extending it another breve or so, it becomes bone-chilling.

Three movements;

I "Dancing backwards"
II "Oy Gavotte"
III "Victory dance"

What I said about yesterdays post has turned out to be not true
I'm still with my slow hookup.
Everything is fine except when I go to insert the installation CD I am reminded that it's gone
It broke and I took it out and there's nothing but a empty hole where it once resided.


Blogger butch said...

Aren't computers just fun beyond measure? DSL is supposed to be wickedly fast, more even than my superduper Comcast one; or so they say. My friends who went to Macaw Hall to see Bluebeard were weirded out by the gore and modern overviews. Sounds cool to me. Glad you dug it, or did you? Sometimes it is hard to tell.

I pulled a Dougie, and caught a nasty virus on Sunday night, and it kept me in bed yesterday. I am at the office today, but struggling to function; which is not a new experience for me by the way.

Primal screams are essential, but one has to be very careful that they are primal and not just fearful, or surprise, or disgust, or too faggy for their own good.

Melva is in Portland for her annual conference from AER, and I'm home with my daughter, who does not come home until after my bedtime, and her pug, Charles, who craps on the rug on a regular basis. Most of the staff are off to the conference this year too, so that leaves double duty for me and the few others have stayed behind. I know, in your violin concerto, there is the world's smallest violin playing "My Heart Bleeds for You", enit?

Bet you leaped astride Fidelio for some rides this week, huh? It was 25 degrees this morning at my abode, but it is up to 33 already, and is supposed to be sunny and 50 today or tomorrow. Sounds like riding weather to me, sir.


6:45 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I'm going to send you a CD of the piece.
You can tell me what you think of the scream.

12:39 PM  
Blogger butch said...

By the by dear followers of this special site, this Savant spectacle--I had mentioned that poet Bobby Byrd has begun corresponding with me, which pleases me immensily, and he sent me a complimentary copy of THE RESURRECTION OF BERT RINGOLD by Harvey Goldner; who I had not heard of. He was a street poet and part time cab driver in Seattle, and was known as the Bard of Belltown. Turns out is poetry is terrific, and it rings in right between Richard Brautigan and Charles Bukowski; good stuff. You can find some of it on FFTR if you so choose.

My virus is calming down. I have ridden the randy bitch almost to a canter, and I actually got some decent sleep last night. I asked permission to post some Harvey Goldner, stuff from his book, but I also found a lot of it already available on line. In some ways the internet is miraculous; regardless of your interests, you can dig and click and find what you need, or at least a piece of what you need.

My friend, Bob Mower, finally showed up at the office again yesterday, and when I presented him with the 200+ movie list of the best films about WWII, he was overwhelmed. He didn't think I could do it; silly rabbit, of course I could do it.

Melva will return to the fold tonight. She called and seems to be having way too much fun without me. I have a TFC screening tonight of BIG NIGHT, the tremendous Indie film directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, starring a then nearly unknown Tony Shalhoub. It is food pornography, but I love it.

Bobby Byrd has been kind enough to allow me to send him a "few" poems. His little publishing business is not doing any more books of poetry. As he puts it on his blog, "It is a good time to be a poet, I think, but the pay is still shitty." I did get a line of Sherman Alexie's next book of poetry, FACES, and pre-ordered it on Amazon. Joy Harjo's blog entries have slowed way down what with her doing her one woman show in L.A. these days, but the archives are rife with poetry, humor, and heart for those of you willing to dig some.


5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Douglas....Sherman is appearing in Seattle, tonight, March 13th, at some National Library Conference. Maybe you could check it out?

Lester Falls Apart

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex says she is home again, and that NYC was cold and crowded, and the Tacoma concert went well.

.......Eddy Emerald

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Still with your slow hook-up today, eh.

I listend to the primal scream in Comfortably Numb today. All that old Pink Floyd makes me laugh now at its seriosity.

How jovial I've become in my old age.

I'd never really noticed the cool 16th note synthizer rhythm in the background on that chorus until yesterday. I might just have to steal that for something.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane & Glenn!
Primal screams MAY be essential, but are they MUSIC??? The LL and I think NOT!! Minor 2nds are music, but not plöeasant to hear!!
Why is Andrew Lloyd Weber so much performed?? Because he writes music people like to hear, no primal screams in his scores, and VERY few minor 2nds.
"Bluebeard's Castle" has some listenable music (more than I thought before attending it twice in Seattle; will attend it here on the 28th), but Schoenberg's "Erwartung" has lots (more than we liked to hear) dissonances and probably some primal screams; the woman is total psycho according to Speight.
The productions were very good, and the very young conductor, Evan Rogister, a marvel; he'l someday be a real name (he realizes, too, that genius is "10% inspiration and 90% perspiration"!!
Anonomann (+ LL)

10:11 AM  

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