Tom Waits - All The World is Green
Man You Gotta Get Up - The Apples in Stereo
Elbow - Fugitive Motel
My Brightest Diamond - Lucky
Chelsea Wolfe - Mer
A couple of months ago I went through a break-up and met a border guard, a pillar of humanity who has seen this exact thing, I am assuming: So Very Many Times.
haha it’s all good now but when it happened I thought “well I’m going to draw this sometime.” Thanks United States/Canada Border services!
When Charlie Parker came to Paris in 1949, he marked the occasion by incorporating the first notes of the Rite [of Spring] into his solo in “Salt Peanuts.” Two years later, playing Birdland in New York, the bebop master spotted Stravinsky at one of the tables and immediately incorporated a motif from Firebird into “Koko,” causing the composer to spill his scotch in ecstasy.
One of the best things about Erik Satie is that after a certain point in his life he started to pepper his piano miniature scores with all sorts of bizarre performance instructions meant to destabilize even the most seasoned performers.
Stuff like “With conviction and a rigorous sadness,” “With a healthy superiority,” “Don’t eat too much,” “Hypocritically,” “Shake like a leaf,” “Do not cough,” “Go away,” or “Like a nightingale with a toothache.”
For years I had heard about these directions, but without any kind of authoritative list of them I decided to download all the Erik Satie scores at IMSLP and screenshot my favorites. There got to be so many that I had to present them in this sort-of-powerpoint format. This collection isn’t anywhere near exhaustive, but it’s a nice introduction. (The translations are for the most part my own, and I welcome any corrections.)
Oh, and if you’d like to read a nice introduction to Satie’s life, the proto-postmodern invention of “furniture music,” that time he founded his own religion, and the piece he wrote with 840 repeats in it, click here.
I am smiling. I hope you are too.