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The Art of Repitition

June 10, 2010

“It happened one afternoon while I was working out in my basement. I was listening to the song “Answered” from the group Thrice’s album Beggars, a song I had probably heard a half-dozen times before, when I suddenly realized that songwriter Dustin Kensrue was alluding to both the Biblical book of Job and C.S. Lewis’s story Till We Have Faces. An already powerful song opened up to me in new ways, both intellectually and emotionally. It was a revelation I hadn’t discovered on my third or even fifth hearing of the song. My experience of the song’s artistry was actually enhanced with repeated indulgence.

Good art bears up and even flourishes under repeated indulgence. I am afraid that today the practice of indulging in and creating good art – art that can be returned to repeatedly – is being buried under the wave of commercialized pop culture. Teenage girls may put Justin Bieber on repeat on their iPods, but will anyone remember his songs in fifteen or twenty years as anything more than a humorously nostalgic memory? Are they rich enough to reveal new facets over time?”

(Read the full article HERE)


Fugue in g-minor

May 17, 2010

Now this…took practice.

The Art of Improv

May 17, 2010

“Contrary to the Romantic notion of the transcendent genius who channels divine inspiration, improvisation is a skill that can be learned through sustained, disciplined practice. Jean Langlais quipped that he could teach stones to improvise. Good improvisation is more like spontaneous composition (“composing without an eraser” as another Parisian organist, Pierre Pincemaille, puts it) than aimless meandering about the keyboard. The first step is to gain a solid footing with theory and composition. The best method I have seen by far is Harmony and Composition by Deborah Jamini. Once you have a good grasp of theory, a book like Making Music: Improvisation for Organists by Jan Overduin can help you apply your theory knowledge to keyboard improvisation. (While geared toward organists, the ideas can be easily adapted to the piano.) Then it’s a matter of practice and plagiarism as you steal – ahem – borrow ideas from the great composers to build your harmonic vocabulary. A fellow organist once told me that improvisation is like having a group of playing cards in your hand, where each card is a compositional device that you’ve practiced in every key beforehand. The more cards you acquire, the more choices you have while improvising. With enough effort your improvising will become gradually more effortless; through systematic practice you can achieve spontaneity.

Happy improvising.”

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That film may be trash, but…

May 13, 2010

…you can still recycle it!

“Suppose your introduction to show business, at the tender age of 10 ½,was a starring role in a low-budget horror movie that, for a time, was deemed by the users of the Internet Movie Database to be the worst movie ever. Some people might handle that embarrassment by omitting the credit from their résumé and hoping it never was discovered; others might be shamed out of the industry altogether. But one man made a film about this experience to share it with as many people as possible…”

Read the full article HERE.

Art Matters: Magdalena O’Campo

May 13, 2010

“Art and teaching fulfill the life of this local woman

At a very young age, before she even started going to school, Magdalena O’Campo’s grandmother gave her a box of crayons which she carried in a paper bag, taking it wherever she went.

When she was in the second grade she saw her teacher dump a box of broken crayon pieces into the trash. She hurried over…”

Read the rest of this week’s Vamonos feature HERE.

Look what we found…

May 13, 2010

A video featuring Malkerson Modern. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the March opening…here’s a good recap!

AND…a taste of the Kite Festival!

Tomato Plant Sale 2010

May 13, 2010

(Photos courtesy of Herb Brunell)

The tomato plant sale was fun, colorful, sunny, and an all around success!