Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yahoo totally in the tank for Trump and the GOP

Although I pretty much stopped reading Yahoo new when, after Mellisa M,  it became just so much alarmist crap like the NY Post. I just took another look. I am horrified by how it is spewing hate and every single story that I read on Google appears in Yahoo spun as a plus for Trump and GOP. According to Yahoo, it is an exciting new health plan, Police brutality in St Louis is covered from the police chief's point of view. And let's make sure to include a quote that Trump is "just a fun guy".

Yuck. Screw Yahoo. I am going to have to drop that email account.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept 18 Flowers. Sept 19

another vase:
(photo by Eric Cunnigham)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Korean TV hypocracy

(Not that I mind, its funny). On the show I am watching "Misaeng" they make a point of showing how male chauvinistic some of the workers are at the company. Yet when they cut to the female character the music switches to tinkly pink pony music.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Requiem For An Impossible Love

Anyone writing the Dies Irae part of a Requiem is confronted with how to match musical tempo with a poetic tempo of rhymed triplets. Music wants to be in rhymed couplets or such. So, the composer has a problem. A low grade solution is to repeat the last line of the poem as part of a second musical couplet, or simply repeat the musical couplet with an accompaniment, while the voice remains silent. Sometimes you get lucky and the melody simply takes over and the words fall where they do, and it works.
Such is the case for my first Reqiuem - both the low grade version and the lucky one that occurs in "Recordare Jesu Pie". But now I am writing a new Requiem. Sponsored in part by a lack of creative output in other directions and also by a sad example of "no fool like an old fool", my emotions are at a high point and I am writing music to compensate. And this time I solved the rhyming triplet problem in another way that works but also has a rational explanation:
There is a device you can use in melody where you echo a last phrase, extending the musical tempo with an extra measure or two. I found that by slowing down the relation between syllables and musical beats, at the same time as doing such an echo, allows the obnoxious third line to be spread out over an extra unit of the musical tempo. Surprisingly, this redefines its relation to a correct musical tempo and seems to work.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017