all the music that took my attention in february. listen, won’t you?
Februrary 24, 2017.
He sits on the piano bench. She sits next to him. They read the music in front of them and bang out atonal note clusters. He plays with his feet and with his butt. Occasionally he turns to look at me. He smiles self-consciously. Continues playing. Now loud. Now quiet. He creates a melody. Plays it a few times in a row. Snippets of song. She and I take turns sitting next to him and playing piano with him. In this way we pass the time between dinner and bed.
February 24, 2017
After dinner he asks if we want to have a band. He plays his cat piano. She plays a ukulele. Per his request, I play my guitar. A few plucks, strums and plonks and he declares this the worst band ever.
You know what the most important part about being in a band is? I ask.
Then he starts us gain and we play for a longer duration.
the music that caught my ear in december of 2016.
Dreamt I was on a light rail train. In the front car. All was glass windows for viewing, including the floor. We sped out over Chicago. I could see the buildings beneath the water. Submerged. Dizzying with their height and the depth of the flood. A day bright with sun. Warm and blue sky. The other passengers laughing with apprehension of the clear bottom of the train.
She says, The thing that bothered me when I saw my house down there is that I know I left my door closed when I left. But now it’s open.
He speaks of emotions in colors. Each emotion a color. For him, happiness is blue. He wonders if the color remains the same when the word is expressed in another language. Is happiness blue in Spanish? Or is it yellow?
Futbol a Sol y Sombra – Eduardo Galeano
Decreation – Anne Carson
Tatterhood – Ethel Johnston Phelps
The Hollowing – Robert Holdstock
Margaret the First – Danielle Dutton
Burrow and Particle / Wave – Marnie Galloway
The Gracekeepers – Kristy Logan
The Maid of the North – Ethel Johnston Phelps
Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music – Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner, Editors
Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu / Ursula K. LeGuin
It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology Volume 1 – LB Briggs
Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes: Nine Indian WRiters on the Legacy of the Expedition – Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., editor
Going Out With Peacoocks and Other Poems – Ursula K. Le Guin
Radical Acceptance – Tara Brach
Meet Me In Iram / Those are Pearls – Sofia Samatar / Kat Howard
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
King-Cat Classix – John Porcellino
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
The Winding Stream
Teen Titans Go
The Circus – Charlie Chaplin
The Get Down
Torch Song Trilogy – Harvey Fierstein
The Black Cat
The Invisible Man
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The unbearable awfulness of relegation bound Swansea City.
Araçá Azul – Caetano Veloso
B.O.N.N. Appetit – Bride of No No
Brigitte – Brigitte Fontaine
Mykki – Mykki Blanco
AIM – M.I.A.
Machine Cuisine – Six Finger Satellite
The Healing Component – Mick Jenkins
Telefone – Noname
The Paris Concert – Joe Mcphee
A Square White Lie – Colorlist
Spirit Catcher – Wadada Leo Smith
A Seat at the Table – Solange
Night for Day and Mortal Mirror – Quix*O*Tic
99 Cents – Santigold
Exploded View – Exploded View
In My Head – Gurr
Milk & Honey – Ebony Bones
Moon Shoes – Ravyn Lenae