Monthly Archives: April 2013

Revenge of A Table

My daughter is about 9 months old. She is crawling now. Mobility is exciting but it requires an attention not unlike learning a new language or learning an instrument. You are stuck in that slow state of reviewing what you try to master. How to play E major; what is avoir vs. être. She has to remember how to balance each arm movement plus keep her head up and see what is in front of her. Hence she wobbles moves forward has a great time and then unexpectedly trips or shifts her head too quickly and experiences an impact with a stable object and it hurts. She wails. I remember this too – looking at the table top or the chair that “hit me” and wondering how to hurt it back – just to be fair.

One of the two best directions I was ever given for mastering things musical was to practice at the speed at which I could do it perfectly. Have tried to impress this upon occasional students but it’s rare anyone grasps the power of slowing down and doing it perfect. It’s about consciousness. It’s like the zen precept.  Before studying Zen a person eats when they are hungry and sleeps when they are tired but after rigourous training, study and commitment – they  eat when they are hungry and sleep when they are tired.

Piece Of The Pie

CLICK HERE TO HEAR Randy Newman  Piece of the Pie

This song by Randy Newman “Piece of the Pie” has been blowing my mind since I realized it came out 5 years ago and I missed it. Firstly it has textures reminiscent of Kurt Weill’s best creations and why wouldn’t Randy Newman who has made most of his living as a film composer, utilize his capacity to arrange for an ensemble with horns and firework textures of blaring minor seconds. They sound like tense intervals, I love it. How poignant as he sings about being poor in America. Being poor in supposedly the greatest place on Earth. Being poor while the rich get richer “I should Know” he says causing me a laugh out loud, he is honest. So many other artists, not as poor as their subjects would never qualify their classism. Adding to the surrealism the narrator comes up with a solution to America’s troubles – Jackson Browne. Then goes on to mock John Cougar Mellancamp only to be admonished by his own baritone chorus. For a moment I agree with his flattering remarks about America because guys like him exist there.

Like us all you want the very best of life
A car, a house, a neighborhood that’s nice
With flowers and trees and lots of little kids around
Where public schools aren’t breeding grounds for vice
You say you’re working harder than you ever have
You say you got two jobs and so’s your wife
Living in the richest country in the world Wouldn’t you think you’d have abetter life
If you lived in Norway You’d be fine right now
Get sick there You make the doctor wait If you lived in Belgium
You could mediate
Hey knock it off! And the French fries are great Hey!
Jesus Christ it stinks here high and low
The rich are getting richer I should know While we’re going up You’re going down
And no one gives a shit but Jackson Browne Jackson Browne Jackson Jackson
There’s a famous saying someone famous said As General Motors goes so go we all Johnny Cougar’s singing it’s their country now He’ll be singing for Toyota by the fall
[Patriots]: That’s not ture John’s a patriot He’s not like you He’s a……
Jesus Christ it stinks here low and high Some get rich And others just get by Bono’s off in Africa – he’s never around The country turns its lonely eyes to who? Jackson Browne Jackson Browne Jackson Browne
A piece of the pie That’s all we’re asking for A piece of the pie