Tuesday in Santa Fe

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Ottmar Liebert’s Diary: Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Ottmar Liebert – Tour Schedule: Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
OL + Luna Negra at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on September 30th.

You can buy tickets here – select “Search by Event” field and scroll down to Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra.

From John Cage’s 1967 foreword to his book A year from Monday:

I then explained that I believe – and am acting upon – Marshall McLuhan’s statement that we have through electronic technology produced an extension of our brains to the world formerly outside of us. To me that means that the disciplines, gradual (((I think he means the Soto school of Zen))) and sudden (((Rinzai school))), formerly practiced by individuals tp pacify their minds, bringing them into accord with ultimate reality, must now be practiced socially – that is, not just inside our heads, but outside of them, in the world, where our central nervous system effectively now is.

The Monk and the Monkey – nice animated short on Vimeo.

Musicians talking about music. An Andy Zuckerman film. Has his trademark high-tech, white background look, which doesn’t do much for me. Interesting, but it looks like a hospital, like a disection room. Here is a link to his website. He has a Vimeo account and this is a link to a short film for his book Birds. The detail and colors of the birds are fantastic, but the blown out whites look just doesn’t work for me. Very Sixties future… 2001 and all that…

Marginal Revolution: Markets in everything
Music lovers can now be immortalised when they die by having their ashes baked into vinyl records to leave behind for loved ones.

A UK company called And Vinyly is offering people the chance to press their ashes in a vinyl recording of their own voice, their favourite tunes or their last will and testament. Minimalist audiophiles might want to go for the simple option of having no tunes or voiceover, and simply pressing the ashes into the vinyl to result in pops and crackles.

But, who still has a turntable… (((Well, I have one, but the needle is kaputt)))

Old keyboard. A lot of keys no longer worked. I put it in the dishwasher at the lowest setting and took it out before the drying cycle could melt anything. I’ll let you know whether this worked.

I love walking down the stairs into the bracing cold air in the kitchen, cooled overnight by leaving all of the windows open to the mountain night air. The cold air wakes me up and makes the first cup of tea or coffee seem even hotter in my hands.

How different Glenn Gould performed the first piece from the Well-tempered Clavier, the “Prelude in C Major”. It sounds like a mantra almost, the way he turned the second half of each phrase into a slightly staccato statement. Unusual and compelling, I had to download it from iTunes yesterday, and listened to it half a dozen times in a row, right away. I realized what makes Bach so grand is the absence of rhythm, the falling away of rhythm in favor of harmony. As if one sibling stepped aside to allow another to shine.

iTunes album link.


  1. dave

    Those are some fancy glasses.

  2. LindaW

    I love the glasses and the keyboard drying mechanism.

    I once took apart a board and used a toothbrush to clean the crud off of it. Needless to say I have never disassembled one again, your method looks much easier!

    Thanks for the link for “Prelude in C Major” it does sound like a mantra. :)

  3. Carol Anderson

    You look so unconcerned about the huge fingers aside your hear, one finger on this side of your ear even. Brave guy!

  4. yumi

    I think the cooler the morning air, the better the aroma of the coffee. Autumn air and the aroma of coffee is a nice mixture, too.

  5. Brenda

    The Monk and Monkey – Great animation to teach character to children and remind adults of life choices. Thanks!
    I guess it’s not the legos that build but the mind behind the lego that is harnessed for others to think “just how did he do that? :-)

  6. dave

    “Did you know you’ve been twisted? :D

    http://www.johngilliat.com” … hey, he requested to follow my tweets. :-0

  7. LindaW

    he requested to follow mine too. Have yet to listen to his stuff he has posted on website.

  8. ottmar

    That musicians think this is a clever way to gain listeners is cussing creepy. He might have checked the list of my followers and just requested to follow everyone. That’s it for me folks, I killed my Twitter accounts. I’m out.

  9. Ottmar

    marijose: my optician tried to get me to look at biggish glasses, as they are so in now. Too heavy! I love my Silhouettes! Titanium, frameless, light as air, they simply disappear. Once everyone realizes what a pain the large rims are, they will have to buy new glasses all over again. In any case I had to wear heavy and big glasses when I was a teenager. Never again. And if acne becomes in, I will decline that as well!

  10. marijose

    This sort of thing happens on goodreads.com when a spammy newbie author requests to be friended based on whether registered users have books similar to the author’s new book. The harder they try to push their books, the more likely they are to be blocked. Unfortunately they’re regarded as lower life forms than friend collectors or older guys who only friend young women. Talk about poor marketing skills.

  11. marijose

    Ottmar, I hear you. I also like the smaller frames, but it bothers me that I can see the lines above and below them, even if they are frameless. I spent almost an hour at the optician trying on larger frames since some styles were downright silly. I went with something slightly larger than what I have now in a copperish color. They are very lightweight.

  12. LindaW

    Ottmar, I have no doubt thats what he did, he also listed rJoan. I simply blocked him.

  13. Ottmar

    marijose, but that’s what I love about the small frameless glasses I have: I can easily look under them. See, I have always been short sighted and to this day I can see everything sharply in focus from about 18 inches away to about two inches in front of my eyes. So when I am picking up something to read, I usually just look under my glasses…

  14. marijose

    Wonderful that you can see sharply in front of you! I need bifocals. I believe the euphemism is “progressive lenses.” :D

  15. marijose

    That is a terrific little video. The theme reminds me of the the movie Bliss (Mutluluk in Turkish), based on the novel by Zülfü Livaneli. I hope to read the novel later on this year.

    OK I’m done hogging the comments…off to make dinner. :)

  16. yumi

    marijose: I just added that movie.

    “I killed my Twitter accounts.”
    Ottmar Liebert, I like your style.

    Not only your lego glasses are cool…

  17. lindaw

    BTW Ottmar.. thanks for the link to the benefit concert too, nice to know the secret is finally out!


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