episode 87: erase the composer!

Reading through the book "Olivier Messiaen and the music of Time" by Paul Griffiths. Olivier Messiaen uses compositional techniques to write music that is outside of time: what does that mean and where is the individual composer in that process?

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visit my youtube channel for more lessons and lectures in music composition: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoOlX6NXyQBABYljo1vAuHA


episode 85: poems about trains ( the wonderful effects of Leicester)

Some of the poems in this collection are critical of the speculative riches of the railway directors, fueled by extraction of resources and accumulation of capital.  This is not one of those poems.  This poem celebrates the availability of cheap rail travel, although there's what I consider an uneccesarily cruel outcome for the poor old horses running the coaches.  

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I'm reading all the poems in the collection "RailwayRhymes" edited by Peter Ashley and available here   if you want to read along.  Here are all the podcast episodes from this series: ZenGlop - Poems About Trains

Today's poem The Wonderful Effects of the Leicester Railway 


episode 82: meditation notes - advice to my younger self on how to listen

"Time traveling Triangulation" . What were my aspirations as a young person, up against the realizations and experiences I have today, after 30 years of practice. As often happens, with reference to Messiaen as a case study.

Other posts about meditation here

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episode 81: poems about trains ( The Cockney's trip to Brummagem)

A rollicking romp.  The honor of Birmingham is at stake in this poem.  But shared nobility of character will prevail, have no fear.    This episode is a two-fer:   as well as the poem itself, you get a singalong of a song referenced in one of  the stanzas ( The Warwickshire Lads, if that sounds enticing).  

 

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I'm reading all the poems in the collection "RailwayRhymes" edited by Peter Ashley and available here   if you want to read along.  Here are all the podcast episodes from this series: ZenGlop - Poems About Trains

Today's poem The Cockney's trip to Brummagem 

also:  The Warwickshire Lads


episode 78: Taylor Swift , London Boy ( and Ted Hughes, William Blake)

All posts about Taylor Swift here

 

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Scansion and imagery in Taylor Swift's song 'London Boy'.  There are several references in the show today;

1. visualization of the scansion and metrical accents.  Here's that table:

 

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2

3

4

     

so

please

show me

hack-

ney

doesn’t

have to

be

louis

V

up on

bond

street

 

just wanna bee-ee with you

   

 

stick with

me

I'm your

queen

like a

tenne

see

stella

ma

cart

ney

on the

heath

 

just wanna bee-ee with you

 

2. Map of all the places mentioned in 'London Boy'

Taylor Swift London Boy map