September 17th, 2006

sloppy sweater

The new musics

I mentioned I was listening to some new-to-me music I described as "shoegazing". That's probably not the right genre word. I can never keep up with the subgenre phrase tango. "No, sorry, that's obviously triphop. Only an ignoramus would call it breakbeat." Erk. Probably the right genre tag for this music is "chillout".

Anyway, two electronic ambient-but-modern-beat-ish chillout musicians I have begun listening to in the last few months Collapse )
  • Current Music
    Hermann Baumann, Pinchas Zukerman : Horn Concerto No.3 in E Flat, K.447: Allegro : Mozart: The Horn
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coffee

Weekend update

It's been a Mozarty sort of Sunday for me.

Ran some errands in the mid-afternoon, that took me to my office and to downtown Palo Alto. They were cleaning the carpets in my workplace. My office smelled strange and stuffy. Went to the nearby Fry's, which was noisy and obnoxious and made me grumpy. Fry's is a Siicon Valley institution, now available elsewhere in California. It is a love-hate relationship we all have with Fry's. I'm a crusty SV old-timer, so I remember the old location on the Lawrence Expwy, and when the Palo Alto one was tiny and did not sell appliances. Chips and dips, the other kind of chips and dips, pr0n, electronic equipment, all with the low-rent pay-my-employees-as-minimally-as-I-can approach of Randy Fry.

Fry's did not have what I needed, so I fled gratefully to the Apple store in the aforementioned downtown PA, which was playing a track from the latest William Orbit record and was generally much less psychically alarming. Downtown PA looked prosperous, definitely in post-bust recuperation.

Husband & I missed our weekly dinner date on Wednesday, so we're having it tonight. Sushi is the plan.

Now attempting to emit a second draft of "Tradition & Protocol" part 1, with gratitude toward the people who read the first draft for me yesterday.

Soundtrack today is the aforemention M-man. I cannot find my other recording of the clarinet concerto, however. I have a period instruments one and I swear to gawd I had another one with modern instruments and I cannot freakin' find it. I really ought to have finished Project Rip Everything to Disk years ago. This might count as procrastination, but I am actually having that hot-on-the-trail feeling that I get just before finishing a story for pseudo-publication. Pant, pant. Write, write.

Alfred Brendel vs Murray Perahia: discuss.
  • Current Music
    Murray Perahia; ECO : Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482, 3. Allegro; Andante Cantabile; Te
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coffee

Oh dear

Conversation with husband just spawned ridiculous idea for silly season 1 story. The four Scoobies are stuck somewhere, waiting for some demon to show up. Xander, to pass the time, pulls these odd decks of colorful cards from his backpack, and starts sorting them, reading them, rearranging them, shuffling them & drawing seven cards to see what he gets each time. Willow sighs, but Buffy is curious. Xander explains the game to her. Giles, bored out of his skull but reluctant to admit it, eavesdrops and is drawn in.

Xander has a bunch of decks in his bag. They each pick one that suits them.

Giles: white weenie
Buffy: red/black
Willow: blue/black
Xander: the one-turn-kill if the draw is right deck, lotus/mox/channel/fireball/lightning bolt.

They play. Giles loses badly his first few games, then cleans Xander's clock, then Buffy's, then gets into a titanic struggle with Willow. Something happens. Perhaps they accidentally defeat the demon by triggering magic with the cards. Or perhaps it's just a silly character piece. Dunno yet.

Two years later, Xander sells his full set of moxes to fund his cross-country trip.

(And yes, I realize that this story idea says very very bad things about how geeky I was in the mid-90s. And no making comments about the past tense is the wrong tense there.)
  • Current Music
    AStMitF, Nevillle Marriner, Alfred Brendel : Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat, KV450, II. Andante : M
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