The Unbearable Banishment: tickling them ivories old school style

Monday, January 26, 2009

tickling them ivories old school style

I paid a visit to the one and only Carnegie Hall for a piano recital.

J.S. Bach! Maurice Ravel! Franz Schubert! Leoš Janáček!

Waitaminute. Leoš Janáček?! Who the hell is Leoš Janáček!? They always throw in a wild card. Well, three out of four is batting .750 and that’s pretty darn good.

The acoustics in that place are mind-blowing. When they come to a quiet passage, you can actually “feel” the silence on your skin. It’s a phenomenon. I can’t describe it.

Brief, one-sentence rant: People who cough during the quiet passages of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor should be punched in the throat for breaking the spell.

The arc of my taste in music is pretty strange. It seems like it was just the other day I was listening to Rush’s Fountain of Lamneth off of their seminal third album Caress of Steel. Now look at me! Digging a recital by a world-class, award winning British pianist with a bunch of Upper East Side high-brows and European tourists who probably never used a copy of 2112 to clean the stems and seeds out of their weed! What a bunch of losers! I should turn in my bong and be done with it.

God, it was good. Simply beautiful. Close your eyes and drift away…



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you can choose not to decide - you still have made a choice..."

a fine song... not a classic in the bach-sense, but a classic in my heart...

January 27, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like mixing in the occasional cultured moments such as an Opera at The Met with my regularly scheduled mindless entertainment.

January 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Stan D. said...

Bach Shmach--it takes a genius to write "Temples of Syrinx"

January 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: That's the problem with a lot of classical music; NO LYRICS!

Pop: It pays to be eclectic. It’s the antidote to boredom.

Tim: I did not know Shmach was Bach’s last name. I like it. It’s catchy.

January 27, 2009 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Sid said...

Wait you still have your bong? Strangely enough I was wondering if your tastes in music does mellow as we get older.

January 28, 2009 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Jason Quinones said...

i used to mosh to the likes of bands like slipknot.

nowadays i REALLY enjoy the music of occasional broadway musical.

go figure!

January 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sid: Studies have shown that as you grow older, you tend to embrace the music of your youth. I am an anomaly. My tastes have changed over the decades. I even went through a Luther Vandross/Teddy Pendergrass phase, for Christ’s sake! And I’m with whitest white man you’ve ever known!

Jason: Welcome! I’ve seen you hanging out in Zombie land. Go out and get the soundtrack to Avenue Q. It’ll make you laugh.

January 28, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Jason Quinones said...


took my wife to see AVE. Q a few years back when it first opened.

bought the soundtrack that night!

January 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

The only time that I really enjoy classical music is live in a concert hall. I'm betting Carnegie would be amazing!

January 28, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

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