Autumn

In acknowledgement of the most beautiful season of the year….

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The Passing of a Legend: Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

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Penderecki, one of the great modern composers, shuffled off this mortal coil today at the age of 86. Known for his avant-garde style, Penderecki established himself as arguably Poland’s greatest contemporary composer. Several of his works were featured in two of the more influential horror films of the twentieth century: The Exorcist and The Shining.

Requiescat in pace.

We Need Contact!

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I believe I have found the perfect song for these times….

 

Something to consider as we lose contact:

“Earlier generations understood that institutions anchor our lives. That’s why German children went to school throughout World War II, even when their cities were being reduced to rubble. That’s why Boy Scouts conducted activities during the Spanish flu pandemic and churches were open. We’ve lost this wisdom. In this time of crisis, when our need for these anchors is all the greater, our leaders have deliberately atomized millions of people. 

Society is a living organism, not a machine that can be stopped and started at our convenience. A person who is hospitalized and must lie in bed loses function rapidly, which is why nurses push patients to get up and walk as soon as possible after sicknesses and operations. The same holds true for societies. If the shutdown continues for too long, we will lose social function….” – R. R. Reno

Read the full article here.

RIP, Ginger Baker

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Ginger Baker, the eccentric drummer best known for his work in Cream and Blind Faith, passed away this morning at the age of 80. With Baker’s passing, Eric Clapton remains the sole surviving member of Cream (Jack Bruce passed away in 2014).

Here’s Baker – one of the true pioneers of rock drumming – in action: