music

GTAV and the Communist Manifesto (and Derek)

I found the Communist Manifesto on the list of free ebooks available on Kindle, so naturally I downloaded it, and read it on my smart phone. I’ve read it before, and each time I’m struck by how right on the predictions of captitalism’s demise is, and by the naivete of the solutions offered. Maybe naivete is not the right word; a pessimism that clouds the vision of human innovation, especially when it comes to maintaining a sick body politic, is more accurate. I was reading it on my cell phone, did I mention, a book that could land you in jail simply for having a copy in years past. I read this:   “Hitherto, every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence. The serf, in the period of serfdom, raised himself to membership in the commune, just as the petty bourgeois, under the yoke of the feudal absolutism, managed to develop into a bourgeois. The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with…
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Next Prompt

Not sure “prompt” is the right word, but “principle” doesn’t fit; what I mean is an overarching scheme that helps me both generate and organize an artistic project. For example, a narrative idea is one, a thread of a story that will help me write to see where it leads while also causing the writing to organize itself according to some narrative principle, but it also must suggest some aesthetic ideal, so that the narrative and aesthetic work on each other. What I need is a prompt (bad word!) for my next music writing project. I am still recording the last one, which is organized as 1/2 cover songs, 1/2 original songs, all played solo on the bass with vocals, a few bass overdubs or very rudimentary drum machines… so, what next? I always wanted to write a doo-wop inspired opera about Manute Bol, but I don’t have the vocal range. Maybe I should write a bunch of long, middle-eastern groove songs with minimal lyrics all about the childhood of someone in an alternate universe. Or maybe I should write a bunch of appalachian folk ballads about fringe or forgotten celebrities…Bull Montana or  Shields and Yarnell, or Eddie Deezen. If…
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So much music…

I take comfort in the fact that I have more books than I could ever read, that more recorded music exists than I could ever listen to, but somehow that fact makes me rather sad at the same time. No wonder I’ve watched the internet blossom with a mixture of delight and apprehension. Weirdo music is a portal site that links to folks who rescue out of print albums and convert them to digital formats.