all for me grog

March 29, 2009 at 11:38 pm 4 comments

I choose these evening moments, when all the fizzing, kinetic molecules of thought from my brain lay dying on the keyboard, computer OR piano, and the soft breath of my wife next door, and of the three angelic cherubs two doors down, begins to have more sway over me than the promise of earthly accomplishment. I choose them to write to you, I would have said, had not that first sentence veered off course and become ludicrously entangled with itself. 

Gosh. This blog post is going more or less the way this piece I’m composing is – and that is to say, it’s a jumble. I am writing a piece called Eating Babies, using the sounds I recorded late night on January 20, 2009 – a somewhat historic occasion. It’s for trumpet and piano and those sounds, and the amazing thing to me in this process (aside from the very strange way my frazzled brain connects musical matter of late, only hoping that my unconscious, or God even, is seeing to it that this mess of notes and squawks makes any sense at all) is how nostalgic the sounds have become. Do you remember, dear readers, the days of the 8:30, 11:30, 2:30 and 5:30 feeds? In that same span nowadays we have either zero or one feeding, and it is a subdued affair – on the bed, or in the room, in the dark, no talking, an act to preserve the remaining threads of “night sleep” which, once gone, can never be retrieved. I remember those other feedings, magical and mad, with nostalgia and warmth though, not fear, not confusion. Those dead-of-night minutes and hours when all the world lies sleeping except you and the Circus, and you’re juggling bottles and boppies and babies, burping here, pooping there, straining and spitting, singing and swallowing. It is that very lunacy – the pure, outrageous joy of it, as well as the fog-of-war aspect, that I hope to be capturing in this piece that I can only ever begin working on at 10pm or later. 

And hey…I think I’ve just written the program note.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kala Pierson  |  March 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    🙂 Hell yeah you’ve just written the program note…

  • 2. Marian-friend of Suzy  |  March 30, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I would flip the noun and verb in the title.
    Can’t wait to hear the finished piece.

  • 3. Mag (aka Suzy)  |  March 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Ahh Marian, if you knew Dan a bit longer/better, you’d know it’s the ambiguity of the title the way it is that so appeals to him. And to be fair, it does catch the eye and require more thought than if it were reversed.

  • 4. shnootre  |  March 31, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Well, yes…the double meaning is rather intentional. In the world of contemporary art music, nothing works quite so well as a garish, shocking, arresting title. The original title was “Inauguration Feed” but that didn’t really excite anyone.


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