02010-04-22 | Petals on the Path, Uncategorized

…denn aller Schmuck versteckt das Geschmückte.
– Nietzsche

Because all adornment conceals the adorned.

And here is William Gibson again, comparing influence to weather:

But that’s material. “Influence” is something else. Influence is more like weather, when you’ve been writing for a while. It blows in from somewhere. You can’t say exactly where weather *is*, but you can say that it’s present.
(Via Gibson Blog)

This, I feel makes a good music critic: the ability to put his/her nose in the air, take a few good sniffs, and guess where the weather came from, where it had been before it blew around and through the artist in question. This requires more than an ear for music, or a way with words, it requires a certain amount of experience, an understanding of history. And by history I mean the many movements, or to stay with the metaphor, the many winds that have blown in the valley before. Saying I like it, although perfectly sufficient for regular folks, is not enough, coming from a critic. S/he has to tell us what direction the weather blew in from, what the shift in barometric pressure means and so on.




Concert Dates

Thu, Oct 27 2022 in Natick, MA
@ Natick Center for Arts

Fri, Oct 28 2022 in Rockport, MA
@ Shalin Liu Performance Center

Sat, Oct 29 2022 in Norwalk, CT
@ Wall Street Theater

Sun, Oct 30 2022 in Newark, NJ
@ Victoria Theater @ NJPAC

Wed, Nov 2 2022 in Richmond, VA
@ Tin Pan

Thu, Nov 3 2022 in Annapolis, MD
@ Ramshead