Music, what does it communicate? Is whatâ€™s clear to me clear to you? Is music just sounds? Then what does it communicate? Is a truck passing by music? If I can see it, do I have to hear it too? If I donâ€™t hear it, does it still communicate? If while I see it I canâ€™t hear it, but hear something else, say an egg-beater, because Iâ€™m inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates? Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?
â€¨-John Cage, Silence
Happy 100th, John Cage! What if share my own favorite experience with John Cage and his infamous 4'33"?
I went to Wegmans the other day, and lo, itâ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Have you seen the plastic bags of Halloween candy stacked up like sandbags? Thanksgiving decorations spilling out of displays? Really? So soon?
Copland summer reading is going well, and I'll post an update next week on what I'm learning. I'm not sure if this will lead to any grander conclusions that I so optimistically predicted last week, but I'm having a lot of fun reading about Copland's life - where and how he lived and worked, along with his connections with other musicians, artists, and writers.