One of our goals with this new version of So Well Remembered is to highlight excellent examples of music writing, old and new. Here’s a brand-spanking-new essay that treats Steve Winwood’s shit-chestnut “Higher Love” as a gateway into grief, memory, and politics. The essay is a really wonderful illustration of the way that music can be both a sovereign work of art and a method of considering much larger ideas and emotions. Plus, it happens to be by one of my favorite writers, Rick Moody, and appears on one of my favorite new blogs, The Rumpus.
A word of warning, though: if you are that dude who thought I was a hilariously pretentious piece of turd, you will probably dislike this essay.
Read it here.
Posted by Glenn
The Descendents – “I Like Food” from Fat (1981)
Man does not live by psychedelic fusion freakouts alone. Those of you who like to nosh on, y’know, actual food would do well to check out my girlfriend’s new food/cooking blog, The Food Processor. Simple, tasty food, with simple, tasty commentary. Warning: you may get hungry. And you may find a photo of me chowing down on a delicious pita.
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Posted by Glenn
Filed under 1980s, Links, Punk
Any SWReaders interested in classical music, music theory, or I guess what you’d call performance theory might be interested in Jeremy Denk’s blog, Think Denk. Denk is a concert pianist and a great writer about the intracicies of what is going on, emotion-wise, in the technical side of classical music. From a recent post about the extent to which music evokes states of desire and surprise:
Will is not either free or not. The Krispie Method shows that I might succumb to desire with various amounts of will, and posits a kind of will-free extreme, where the Treat appears out of nowhere, is not willed and yet is extremely desired: probably impossible, probably heaven. Music has a way of evoking these various states of will.
Thanks to Heather for pointing me in Denk’s direction.
Filed under Classical, Links