Fun with the D5100 before a photoshoot today! I love being alone and wandering with my camera in hand. It’s therapeutic and calms my nerves.
Originally posted on Spinning Atlas:
Sometimes we have to stop and wait. There is no reason for it and we aren’t waiting for anything in particular. We are just waiting; thinking. Sometimes we stop because we are told to. We obey the laws of the land without a second thought. A simple stop sign will bring us to a screeching halt, ending our forward momentum instantaneously. No matter the reason, stopping can be the most important part of the day.
So much of life is goal oriented, chipping away each day until we reach our goals. We stress, push, and fight to accomplish our goals each and every minute of every day. If we aren’t working hard we are doing some sort of mindless activity like watching television. This is well and good; everyone needs a balance of work and relaxation. What most people don’t incorporate into their days is time to stop and think…
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This first number of John Adams’ “My Father Knew Charles Ives” trilogy is my favorite, and for a minimalist work, it travels a great distance in terms of harmony and motive. “Concord” is anything but what the title suggests. What starts out as a quiet, but ominous peep of dissonance soon unravels into utter chaos and transports you, it seems, into the very mind of Ives himself, with random fanfares blaring against the underlying, ongoing motive. In between these outbursts of fanfares, you hear the traditional rhythmic monotony of Adams, hinting back to his “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.” It’s really a thrill to listen to, with so much to absorb in the 10 minute piece. Interestingly enough, Adam’s father actually knew Ives, so his imitation of the late composer in this piece is hauntingly accurate and sounds genuine, almost like he overlayed his own work on top of one of Ives’ orchestral pieces. It ends in the same way it started out, with the ominous dissonance slowly fading out into silence. It’s a tremendous feat, and I hope you find it as thrilling as I do! Happy Monday!
I’ve been meaning to do a daily dose of classical post, well, daily, but things have gotten hectic with opera rehearsals and photography engagements. But I have a TON of music to share, especially contemporary classical, and I promise to post them soon!! [Anyone who loves John Adams or Charles Ives will want to lean an ear in during the next couple of weeks!]