Gayaneh’s Adagio

Like a moth to a lamp. Middle of conversation, I heard a familiar tune and went into the other person’s living room to see on the television a music channel and the words Gayaneh’s Adagio. A bit of dissonance between what I was seeing on the screen and my knowing I was acquainted with the piece through a favored movie. Then I see in my mind’s eye the jogging astronaut and realize, right, Kubrick’s 2001.

“We cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation…”

“[W]e cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society…. We must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone…Let us insist on real controls over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family’s health shall never depend on the… size of a family’s wealth.”
1980 Ted Kennedy

Bag News Notes

I Didn’t care for this song when I was a kid, but I like it now.

As if his voice isn’t distinctive enough

Bob Dylan was taken into custody on suspicion of not being really Bob Dylan (he doesn’t look like he did years ago) but instead some old guy just saying he’s Bob Dylan, looking at a house for sale. He requested to be driven over to the hotel/tour buses, an id was made by his manager and he was released.

Link

Les Paul

Les Paul has died. 94 is a nice long life…I’m still sorry to see him go.

Story at Huffington Post

Note the Chihuahua in the background trying to sleep on the lounge chair.

Out of a documentary.

And this is funny. And fun.

Les Paul’s death and looking at the old Les Paul and Mary show and seeing the old Listerine ad and remembering how Listerine had to change its marketing claims, reminded me of the old pHisoHex and how good it smelled, then was taken off the market as a suspected carcinogen, then was found to be not, but still can’t be …purchased in the states. But can be in Australia. Anyway, as a kid I liked the smell of it.

Get Happy

The whole performance is grand but 1:16-1:32 picks you up and flings you into a whole other stratosphere. Amazing what she could pack into 16 seconds. 16 seconds! Doesn’t hurt that the set design is out of this world and all is framed by very nice camera work that takes a deceptive back seat. I’ve watched it a number …of times this evening and am far from tired of it.

Don Conoscenti Benefit

Attended the benefit for Don Conoscenti last night. A wonderful array of talent. One of the nicer things about the evening was the intimacy of the experience and the spirit in which all appeared to approach the stage, so that as I sat in the balcony I felt I was hearing in each performer what had originally inspired them to go into music, what had held them there.

Matthew Kahler performed a startling and powerful rendition of “The Frozen Man”. I look forward to hearing the recording of it.