Books

The Heart Beats Not for Thee

Per­haps the true mea­sure and qual­ity of great­ness in Cage is that his life and work ignore such think­ing, let­ting it pass like the breeze. The best art doesn’t offer answers, it asks prob­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing ques­tions. It is anti­thet­i­cal to this value to think that one thing is the answer to all things in Cage, when his achieve­ment lies on a spec­trum that, in matu­rity, begins with toss­ing coins and con­tin­ues to ques­tion after ques­tion after ques­tion, leav­ing us to explore what answers might lie inside ourselves.

The Closing Of The Musical Mind

I can’t resist a slightly snotty chal­lenge, espe­cially when it sets fire to a low-leve itch I’ve been car­ry­ing around for awhile. The Best Music Writ­ing antholo­gies twit­ter feed pointed me towards a read­ing list designed for their new book club, and I was amazed and a bit appalled over the exceed­ingly lim­ited range, which(…)

Cabinet of Curiosities

The tin­ker­ing under the hood con­tin­ues (it seems like it will never end, but it will, I promise, I think I’ve solved all my tech­ni­cal issues), and the music con­tin­ues, so have some Fri­day links and mis­cel­lany: ‘“After tax, that’s like, what, $75,000?” an invest­ment banker at a rival firm said as he con­tem­plated Morgan(…)

2011 Year’s Best Jazz

2011 Year’s Best Jazz, a baker’s dozen (and more) …

Bookish

That’s me, although I don’t know if I look it or not. But I think I have a book in me, and I think it’s a use­ful one as well. The sub­ject has to do with music and cul­ture (of course). My plan is to write a sub­stan­tial intro­duc­tion and, with that mate­r­ial, see what(…)

In Other Blogs …

Wel­come to the blo­gos­phere, Steven Blier! His first post is full of the inside details of singing, wit and a love of music — that’s the man him­self … and thank you Emily Man­del, I need to fill in my own gaps on this read­ing list, because I don’t have enough to keep me up(…)

Revenge of the Nerds: The Meek’s Inheritance

The story of how the dig­i­ti­za­tion of music revealed the music industry’s feet of clay has been told more than once, but it’s never been prop­erly explained. File shar­ing may be the pre­vail­ing symp­tom, but it’ s not the actual cause. Some­thing pre­ceded the cre­ation of Nap­ster, and that was the desire, even the need for many music fans, to have a Nap­ster. As far as I have seen, after the many books and arti­cles on the sub­ject, no one has touched on the par­ties respon­si­ble, the deci­sions they made, what they thought they were doing and how they were fool­ing them­selves. Per­haps it’s because it’s been told from the stand­point of busi­ness, when it’s really a story about music.