Monday, February 13, 2012

A Belated Happy 75th Birthday To Philip Glass

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Philip Glass turned 75 on January 31st.

Here's a great piece by Alex Ross about his new symphony and an upcoming world tour of Einstein on the Beach.

Then, during “Dance 1,” as the music fell into a furiously pulsing polymetrical scheme and Lucinda Childs’s dancers darted about like limber androids, the bliss kicked in. It was a feeling of abstract intellectual delight, a pure interplay of musical and physical motion.

I get those thrills too.

Especially since the Walkman and ipod, we pin music to the times and places we listen to it. And now when I hear Einstein I think of the time last year I listened to it on a Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Osaka. Some of you might think it was an obvious music nerd's choice. Well, I did. I might be typing into a blogging website right now, but really, I'm back looking out the window from a train speeding so smoothly at 280km/h with Glass's music traveling even faster. A thousand holiday snaps couldn't go near capturing it. Just play the CD and I'm back.

5 comments:

Stan Lee said...

For your next Minimalist train journey might I suggest you try this:

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Glenn said...

Yeah, Stan. That's also a fantastic record. Though when I hear it I think back to the time I listened to a Radio National special about it on my walkman in the food court on Southbank. Not quite the train from Chicago to NY.

Michael said...

Huh. Last time I was travelling from Hiroshima to Osaka, listening to Philip Glass. Work in the liberal media, by any chance?

Glenn said...

Um, no I don't. In fact, the exact opposite. I work in advertising. Thanks for dropping by, Michael.

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