Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sheep may safely graze . . .

This from the great star of Fox News, Glenn Beck:
Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.

Reality:
With the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games fast approaching, the Operations Engagement Team (OET) has been created to provide local businesses and residents with the tools and information necessary to prepare for a successful and rewarding Olympic and Paralympic experience.

It hasn't happened yet!

Fox News: We make shit up, you decide.

And people who get their news from Fox? You're getting what you deserve.

Some palette cleansing music:



I really don't think you'll find a better performance of this piece. The modern guitar wasn't yet invented when this was written, yet much of Bach's work finds a happy home on the guitar.

I take issue with many interpretations of Bach, by otherwise really talented folks. Yo-yo Ma, a nice fellow and gifted player, does a major disservice to this piece in his interpretation. He plays it in a romantic style, all emotions and rubato tempi, with vibrato up the wazoo.

Dude, this is Baroque! It needs to be played almost to a metronome, that's part of the delicious tension that finally releases at the end. This swings and rocks as hard as Bird & Dizzy at their best, this is Clapton playing Crossroads live with Cream. This isn't Liberace or Lawrence Welk. The incessant tempo makes it rock, it drives it hard down the tracks.

Here's another player who gets it:



Because he only has 4 strings to work with, we miss many of the sustained notes available on the guitar, making it more true to the original Cello setting. Thing is, this type of solo baroque music depends on our brains to hear the chords, not the instrument to create them. the 1st 3 notes: G, D, B, define a GMajor triad, yet they are played as 3 separate notes. Our brain connects them into a G chord.

That's some of the mysterious beauty of this music, and of Bach's writing for solo instruments. You never have any doubt what the underlying chord is, yet you hear a stream of individual notes.

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