Category Archives: Music

LQCs: Preferring Simple Answers to Complex Problems

First for today, a blast from the past. From 2009. This is a song from Les Miz, which we watched on PBS last week. Susan Boyle. Watch the clip above from the beginning, until at least about 1:15 when she … Continue reading

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LQCs: A Beautiful Song; Changing the Narrative

We heard a version of this last night on PBS. The song was written for this singer, Colm Wilkinson. More versions here. \\ One more article about the mass shootings of late, because this takes an abstract look at the … Continue reading

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Music: Phil Collins: In the Air Tonight

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Music: Depeche Mode, It Doesn’t Matter

This past weekend, with family members (and dog) here for the long weekend

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Vangelis, part 3

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Vangelis RIP, part 2

A few more thoughts today, about Vangelis’ music.

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Vangelis RIP, post 1

NPR, 19 May 2022: Vangelis, famed film composer and synth pioneer, dead at 79

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Rolf Dobelli, STOP READING THE NEWS

Published in German, 2019, in English, 2020, by Sceptre. This is a short book on an idea that seems counter-intuitive. But I love counter-intuitive ideas, those that challenge my provisional conclusions about the world, especially if a book on such … Continue reading

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Berlin in 1993; The Dark 21st Century; Wordle

Today’s L&Qs&Cs, about where the 21st century is heading after the optimism of the 1990s, with a recollection about being in Berlin in 1993. Today’s endpiece, about Wordle.

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The Most Beautiful Music in the World: Mahler s5m2

It’s a passage of just over a minute, beginning at 17:50 of this Claudio Abbado performance of Mahler’s 5th symphony, and about four minutes into the second movement. It’s as if the world stops, ponders, and reflects. Then re-emerges, confidant. … Continue reading

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