Friday, May 30, 2008

Apropos of tenuous prog-linguistic connections

Ogurusu Norihidie - Modern
Again. And again. I hope I rediscover this lovely piece of music every three years for the rest of my life. This is some of my favorite music. There is a cleanliness to it, like line-dried towels or sashimi. I am not the biggest supporter of "less is more" because I think each picture, when it expresses its essence, uses exactly the right amount of paint; every really great book has exactly the right number of words, etc etc - the sparse friendly guitar and piano over the quietest laptop purr exhibits the exact dosage of calm and engagement.

I didn't know until I looked that Ogurusu Norihide is a Shinto priest. Not that I really know much of anything about Shinto, or that this music points to that. Wiki says "The afterlife is not a primary concern in Shinto; much more emphasis is placed on fitting into this world, instead of preparing for the next" and I can see that in this music. It speaks of rare quiet moments edging up against the din of life that redirect focus rather than trying to silence the world.

Yes - Tales From The Topographic Oceans
and not to just prove how not "less is more" I really am. I actually wanted to listen to Genesis' Trespass after a mention here, but ole Phil C. probably has some beef against streaming media (seemingly the people that have made jillions all do, I can see why they would argue that they don't need it) so its not up on the Yahoo.

Apropos of tenuous prog-linguistic connections, here is the snopes article semi-debunking of the tale that Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" is about watching a guy drown in the ocean held back from helping by the topography of a cliff. I mean, there is nothing he could have done, but I have to think that if it were members of Yes up on that cliff, they would have quickly fashioned some sort of glorious mechanical bird out of reeds and palmetto fronds, donned some old fashioned Red Baron goggles and scarves they had in the truck and flown the bird down to the surf, plucking the swimmer from Neptune's grasp and soared on into the sunset.

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields - The Coral Sea
For review purposes, but holy hell, talk about not being "less is more!" The amazing din created just from Patti Smith's speaking voice, not even her old school caterwauls, and MBV MVP Kevin Shield's pedal setup is hair raising to say the least.

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