Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wayne2Wayne Memos To Myself

It is essential to have nothing to say...that, and to be able to spin from that nothing a web of infinite digression / #Wayne2Wayne

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Tweet

You can make sublime music with a single tone if you will allow the #mourningdove to be your #music #guru - #Wayne2Wayne / #birds

Wayne2Wayne - Memos To Myself

It is all of one fabric. #Wayne2Wayne

Ah Toy Speaks For The First Time In The Tale

Ah Toy spoke in many voices for she spoke with the voice of every woman and she spoke for the mute woman who had never spoken a word "It is hard, she said, the inborn intelligences of all who went before us, whether you are a woman or a man, you will carry this hard burden with you. Ah well, we begin well, for as children we were close in upon Divinity,and indeed had not yet stepped from within his house outward beneath a sky, perched upon dust."
She became silent. be continued....

A Bombay Tale

The general subject was shizophrenia and the particular subject was Bombay. The cawing of a big black crow. A whoosh from some source unidentified.
There was also in the air another stupendous topic-the cessation of certain phenomena immediately they enter into consciousness. The cawing of a pigeon in the crumbling courtyard, a cooing ceased in recognition and later reasserting in modest retrospect the aural shadow of its former song until crescendi on crescendi had brought the music in on lovely tidal arms.
It was a Scherzo at best; a bagatelle at worst.
The Military and Naval Stores and Restaurant yielded a cool CocaCola hits the spot sign but twelve full ounces had not yet reached these shores-except in the case of beer where the big bottle was the rule. be continued...
Gentle Reader! My dear, my very very dear Transparency.....
For how many years have I carried the words you have just read with me on tiny pages, scribbled in the tiniest script, in my wallet close to my pulsing blood.
Ah Toy had once turned these pages over with a fond hand.
Shall we get on with the story?
The walls of Bombay-its backways dead-ends. I knew them all; had covered the city by foot and made of myself her citizen. Who could forget Sorab Bharucha Road in postal district number five where the street came to a sudden end at the DEAD SLOW sign? be continued....

Friday, December 24, 2010

"OH CHRISTMAS TREE" by the Artist SER oil/collage

Wishing You Peace On Earth,
Good Will And Cheer
All Good Things
In The Coming Year

May Each Day
Be Merry And Bright
And Filled With Blessings
Every Night

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The String To Which Our World Is Tuned

At noon today in Oklahoma City the warning siren which signals a tornado will sound-it is a test that is ritualized every Saturday of the year.
The tone which signals the impending whirlwinds is very tense, and thus appropriate. It is the same tone, however, which the first violinist, the concertmaster, of every Symphony Orchestra on earth plays before the concert begins, and to which each and every member then tunes. It is the international concert pitch-and the a above middle c vibrates to 440 - Without getting into the science and technical terminology, let me just say this is a pitch tuned up to tension. All the earth's music vibrates to this tone-every genre.
It has not always been so.
Bach did not tune to this pitch.
Mozart did not tune to this pitch.
Beethoven and Schubert did not tune to this pitch.
Handel did not tune to this pitch.
The music of all these composers was pitched at a pitch lacking the tight pull of today's tension.
And yet we play their music "tuned up to tension."
It doesn't make sense - & yet if you were to attempt to discuss this you would be seen as tilting at windmills.
Exactly when was this world tuned up to the insanity of such tension? I'll tell you-It became official in 1939.
Let me know your thoughts.
p.s. I tune my piano to a=415

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Why Blog?

Why blog?
"That's a good question."
I believe that once I have an answer that satisfies me I will be as enchanted by, devoted to, and infatuated with blogging as I am by, to, and with twittering.
When you come right down to it (which is what I intend to do here after just a bit more beating about the bush) it's a question only you can answer.
It's your blog.
Blog about what pleases you in a way that pleases you.
And since what pleases me is to have the satisfaction of the sure knowledge that I have communicated with another (that would be you in this case) I have my answer in you! When you respond I know I have communicated. Although I realize that I may have communicated even though you do not respond, your response allows me actually to have the knowledge that I have been heard by another human being, that I have contributed something of value to another. I just love it when that happens.
I have my answer!
I am blogging to communicate.
I blog for the same reason I tweet.
For the same reason I write.
It is a vast distance from one human soul to another.
Let's communicate.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wayne2Wayne - Memos To Myself

We are all treasures here. Let us treasure one another. Let us also treasure ourselves. #Wayne2Wayne

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Learn About Blogging From Reading Blogs

There is a Librarian who blogs about Marketing. Her name is Margie Clayman.
I really liked her blog and responded to a series of questions she asked with this comment:

1st off, I like this site. Why? Simplicity. Straightforward. Asks engaging questions. Doesn’t hint at a “secret” I don’t know and need to.
So, to the questions.
1. My picture is recent and a reasonable likeness. It’s of a guy on a telephone -talking/listening-Communicating. So the picture says here is a guy who is centered on Communicating. I love communicative engagement. There is high privilege in connecting with others about significant things.
2. the bio lays a lot out there – basics – what I like (birds, libraries, Mozart) where I’ve been to school (USC), what I do (make music)
3. I hope my tweets show I like to have some fun while getting my message out, and that I am not a stuffy old fart.
4. My blog, at this point, shows I am a mere beginner but am making an attempt.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say these things.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In Music Listening Is Everything

Learning To Listen
Listening is the first step.
Be aware of your awareness.
Levels of Awareness.

When we listen, we enter a universe of endless refractions, where energy patterns are mirrored fervently, moving the heart, the intelligence of cells.
We close our eyes and listen.

Hearing the same units repeatedly is excellent practical preparation for study and performance. (As a child I would listen over and over again to a recording of Beethoven's 5th Symphony-Soon I became aware that I was hearing the music inside my mind-I was "learning it by heart"-This is a natural process, requiring no training or skill. Every human being is born with the capacity to interiorize what has been repeatedly heard. 60 years later I recorded the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas and began to place the 5 CD sets in public school classrooms-They play in the environment-& children learn them by heart-I know this because when I visit the classrooms in which they have been playing, the children can hum Mozart's tunes-& they have no "musical training":-)

Music is to transform you.
Once you know this, you can never let go.

Music is activity in essence. It is the only mortal-originated phenomenon with the graces of nature's own elements-the chemistries of flowers and seeds, the sure harmonies of wolves and whales, the reassuring steady rhythms of the seas, and the beyond, always the endless, eternal beyond which is the divinity within each and every one of us.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Following The Sound Current Through With A Single Tone

The single tone is, in and of itself, sufficient for the making of music. Consider the singing of the mourning dove. Sometimes he indulges in a melody involving an interval (often a fourth) but always his song ends on the repetition of a single tone. At other times he simply confines his entire message to that single tone - How often I have entered that tone with him - and admired his "musicianship"! He does not just pump out a series of notes in the manner of some pianists playing Mozart's repeated tones as though they were written for what Mozart called a "mere mechanicus" to render. He creates with his single tone a world of dimensions, nuances, qualities, a world of emotion, energy, significance.
I believe the musician's very first and final task is to discover the infinitude of each and every tone encountered in each and every piece of music - and I believe the best way to begin this endless journey is to pay attention to the world of sound within which we actually live -
All this thought got me to thinking -
Consider the instances, in the music you listen to or play, where the composer makes use of the repeated tone -
The opening Bb of Chopin's Eb Major Waltz - like the flourish of a trumpet or the warbling of a great singer - The repeated D in the left hand of Beethoven's op. 28 Sonata - All the times Mozart gets on a note and plays with it in a way so entertaining, amusing, and tender at times, then so fierce, manic and furious at others -
Oh, and wait-There's more!-There is the whistling of the train, which-as Marguerite Young said in a fit of whimsy no doubt-is "the final human sound left upon this planet."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ideas For a Map Of Music Seminar

I have been thinking about these 12 subjects of approach to the process of listening to & practicing music. Just putting them in front of me now to consider where to take each -