Well, I had my last day of regular class today, an Ethics lecture with the legendary, highly knowledgeable, and ever-so-sweet Thomas Nagel, who is sans hyperbole perhaps the greatest living philosopher. I’m still a little star-struck in his class. This being the last lecture, wrapping things up as neatly as possible for an undergrad philosophy course, it ran a little long and his last words to the class were, simply, “Well, looks like there’s no time for discussion. So long.”
The class applauded thunderously.
I’m not sure why but as I was leaving NYU’s Silver Center this song from Pal Joey started boppin’ around my brain, and I began humming it, then singing it outright to myself, and felt compelled to find a piano and hammer out the tune as best as I could remember.
And so begins, with the last scheduled lecture of the semester as two weeks of finals loom ahead, the second installment of my impromptu-iPhone-piano-covers-to-avoid-work series, Procrasti-Covers.
I love the colors of the buttons on the Roland… There was really something to the design of these machines that’s lost in music tech today.
I guess what I’m getting at is, and I’m not being so eloquent about it right now as I’m on-the-go, is that there was NO REASON for those buttons to be of those particularly pleasant pastel-ish hues, but they did it ANYWAY. I’ve written briefly before about similar color schemes that showed up on early Casio keyboards (as on the angularly iconic SK-1, or even the later, more-rounded SA-12, which was my first instrument) … one day perhaps I’ll write a paper on electronic instrument design as informed by and as it informed the those musicians (& their artistic aesthetics) and engineers who pioneered them… But then again putting it in words like that sort of dampens my awe/enthusiasm/child-like wonder about this not-yet-fully-formed idea. Thoughts?
If you’re in Manhattan, come out to Bareburger, 2nd floor, 2nd ave & 5th st!
This is MARROWOLF (their debut show!) and I go on last in the evening… It would be good to see you!
New 70-minute movie and accompanying 17-track live album of Cannonball Statman performances from the past year, just released today! Watch the movie and listen to the album for free online, or buy a download of both combined for $5 from BandCamp if you want. Check it out!
I am on this, being a panda, synth-player, and washboardist!
It is long!
It is out today!
It is not an April Fools’ joke!
& it will still exist tomorrow, when music is “supposed” to come out (Tuesday)
prokofiev´s grandson, everyone
Funny this came up, I saw a wonderful Prokofiev program by the NYU Steinhardt orchestra at the Skirball Center last night.