PINK MOON (4.2021)

In honor of the Full Pink Supermoon on 4/26.   A rarity I’m told.  Here in the US it will be at it’s fullest at 11:32PM Eastern Time on Monday night. This moon is also known as, the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Fish Moon.   I like the idea of a pink moon so I’m sticking with that.  🙂

Photo taken off Everett Rd in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (but I added the moon – hehe – yeah I cheated). Weather permitting I’ll be able to see the real thing tomorrow night.   

Enjoy this classic song PINK MOON by Nick Drake.  From the album Pink Moon release in 1972 which means next year will be the albums 50th anniversary.   Pink Moon would be Drake’s third and final album as he would die in 1974 at the age of 26.  While not a big hit for Drake in his short lifetime.  The song and album have since been held in high regard by many songwriters, garnered more sales and critical attention and ranks very high on critics lists of “Favorite Albums of All Time”.    Enjoy. 

Pink Moon

Nefertiti In The Doorway

I’ve been diggin’ the opera Akhnaten (again) by Philip Glass.  Probably my all-time favorite of his opera’s.    Enjoy this duet between Akhnaten and Nefertiti.

Nefertiti

MAN OUT OF PLACE (4/2021)
man out of place

I find myself in a strange situation.   
I am dead yet my body does not know it. 
Looking at the world about me I no longer recognize….
What should be familiar is strange and unknowable.
There was a time when I would have relished
the strangeness and foreignness of this lifes situation….
I actually find it unnerving.
It seems that any foundation or rootedness 
that would have grounded me during such times
has been swept away…
so completely and with a sense of finality 
that even when I go to familiar places or spaces,
I do not recognize them.  I see familiar faces and hear familiar voices 
but they only seem to be echoes of a past long gone. 
I may as well be a foreigner in a strange land.
Nothing matters as I am no longer connected… 
I am truly a man 
out of place
in space and time…
not knowing how it happened
or how to change it.
Should it be changed? 
I suppose time will tell.
What will the future hold? 
What will I look like
in the end? 
What will the world look like
in the end?
Our humanity will be changed,
but will it be for the better
in the end? 
Will we look back as through a glass darkly
and say “Who was that?”
In the end.
My life has become abstracted beyond recognition…
I put one foot in front of the other….

… the times…

I hope everyone can see this video.

this was the live stream event of THE PHARAOHS GOLDEN PARADE which marks the journey of 22 of Egypt’s royal mummies from one museum to their final resting place. I found it passionate and moving. The music and performance was spectacular. While the entire program is 2+ hours, the first hour is largely history and documentary programming.

As such, I recommend starting at about the 1:11:00 (1 hour and 11 minute) mark. For those that do not speak egyptian/arabic there are usually english subtitles and/or english translation.

I do wish that I knew what musical pieces were performed and the composers. But so far I have not found out.

Congratulations to Egypt for this fantastic and marvelous presentation. I found it powerful and emotional.

Parade of Pharaohs

I love going to carparks early on a Sunday morning when they are mostly empty. I like driving real slow through all the levels. One thing I love is that it is like a drive-thru gallery (or sorts). Each portal to the outside is like an artwork hanging on a gallery wall.

I’ve always loved when classical collides with composers and performers in other genres like rock, pop, jazz etc. I recently purchased L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S. with music by classical composer Nicholas Lens and lyrics by alt. rock icon Nick Cave. 12 tracks of pure magic. I was completely transfixed while listening. From the opening notes I felt compelled to quietly sit and listen to the entire album. Enjoy this track LITANY OF THE FORSAKEN.

Favorite New Music