Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Meme and Nyman

I found out today that I am, indeed, headed back to the East Side. I do not know at the moment whether that means 56th Street (my home area) or another district, but the East Side is a lot easier than the West Side, which is old and nasty. A good example of the kind of thing you find on the West Side was the job I had today. The cans had brand new Krone blocks in them. It looked really nice, but it was the same old green and shitty cable, with all of the shorts, opens and grounds that one would expect from a crappy lugnut handoff.


1. Who did you last get angry with? My brother.
2. What is your weapon of choice? A sword.
3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex? No.
4. How about of the same sex? No.
5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you? I'm not sure.
6. What is your pet peeve? Idiocy.


1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't done in a long time? Floss?
2. What is the latest you've ever woken up? I really can't answer that question, but...
3. Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't? Nobody springs to mind.
4. What is the last lame excuse you made? See question 3.
5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through? Neverrrrrr!!!
6. When was the last time you got in a good workout? What's a workout?.
7. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today? Thrice.


1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice? White Russians.
2. Meat eaters? If it didn't want to be eaten, it wouldn't taste so good.
3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event? Good heavens, what kind of a question is that? Last Wednesday must be in the running...
4. Have you ever used a professional diet company? What's a diet?
5. Do you have an issue with your weight? A bit. I've been losing weight, though.
6. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy foods? Yes, please.
7. Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought lunch? While I joke about it all the time... no, not really.


1. How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies/family)? Five.
2. How many people have seen YOU naked (not counting physicians/family)? I'm not sure, but I would guess the number would be around twenty-five or so.
3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of the opposite gender during a normal conversation? They were remarkably understanding about it.
4. Have you "done it"? Yes.
5. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice? I don't have any one favorite, I kind of look at how its put together.
6. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute? Yes.
7. Have you ever had to get tested for an STD or pregnancy? No.


1. How many credit cards do you own? None
2. What's your guilty pleasure store? There's nothing guilty about consumerist pleasure.
3. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it? Produce Ecology my own damn self.
4. Would you rather be rich, or famous? Famous.
5. Would you accept a boring job if it meant you would make megabucks? I do a boring job already for significantly less than megabucks. You tell me, Chauncy.
6. Have you ever stolen anything? Yeah, back in high school I was a shoplifting demon.
7. How many MP3s are on your hard drive? From my Nomad: track count: 6445; album count: 454.


1. What's one thing you have done that you're most proud of? I haven't gotten it yet, but my Bachelor's took some doing.
2. What one thing have you done that your parents are most proud of? That would be it.
3. What thing would you like to accomplish in your life? To be a rich and famous filmmaker, of course.
4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place? Not really.
5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors? Sometimes.
6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score? No.
7. What did you do today that you're proud of? Um... I didn't masturbate this morning, does that count?


1. What item (or person) of your friends would you most want to have for your own? I'm not going to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.
2. Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces" with? George Lucas, so I could put the good folks at Skywalker Ranch to some useful purpose instead of animating Jar-Jar Binks.
3. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would it be? Robert Altman.
4. Have you ever been cheated on? Oh, yes.
5. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own? Not really.
6. What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself? No inborn traits spring to mind.

One of the joys of the Nomad is that with all of the music available to peruse at once, I can rediscover old favorites that have been on the shelf for a while. Today, on the way back from my job, I finished the And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead album and began sifting through my music library and came across MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse). This was a concert work commissioned by the 1993 Festival de Lille to celebrate the inauguration of the Paris-Lille TGV Service, and it is a sublime piece about motion.

Issued originally as the second half of the Argo CD that headlined with The Piano Concerto* (which I found very disappointing), the music is constantly active. It slows sometimes, but never for long. The music also seems to be constantly reaching upward, giving it an uplifting feel. This is a very pleasant work, and it plays out as one long piece.

...for a good suite of music from The Piano, check out the Virgin album Michael Nyman Live, which is actually a record no Nyman fan should be without. In addition to a sprightly performance of his most famous work closing out the disc, Nyman also includes two very different readings of tracks from The Draughtsman's Contract, two of his Water Dances (which are always welcome... I'm always hoping for an album consisting of the complete Water Dances someday; my favorite of these can be found on the Caroline disc The Kiss and Other Movements).

The centerpiece of Michael Nyman Live, however, is "The Upside-Down Violin," which is an entrancing piece featuring members of the Orquesta Andaluzi de Tetouan in addition to Nyman's symphonic band. A fusion of traditional Moroccan approaches and Nyman's own minimalist style, incorporating a certain amount of improvisation (which isn't something that Nyman's idiom usually has room for), the results are hypnotic. The listener is drawn into this exotic soundscape; the piece runs just shy of twenty minutes, and has always left me wanting more.


* I would consider MGV to be worth the price of this album, but when I bought it, it also included a second disc which was a fascinating Argo sampler of modern concert hall music. This was actually the first slimline 2 CD package I ever came across, and I don't know if it was only the first run or not.
Tags: film music, memes, work

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