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.
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….
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.
Los Amigos Invisibles – DAME EL MAMBO (trans. Give Me The Mambo)
Los Amigos Invisibles – LA QUE ME GUSTA (trans. The One I Like)
Los Amigo Invisibles – SEXY
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.