Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gregorio Allegri's Miserere Mei, Sung by the Sixteen, Directed by Harry Christophers


Yesterday was our Diocesan Day of Penance and Mercy. Reading Psalm 51, this text, was my penance.

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A Working Family

Which is why I am not outraged at this story — Upstate NY couple leaves 3 kids, including baby, on mall bench while they work. My guess is that the couple are from Haiti or Francophone Africa. Local right-winger Bob Lonsberry nails it in his column — Those Kids Who Were Left at the Mall:
    They don’t take public assistance, they support themselves, and they were scheduled to work on Saturday cleaning the mall.

    [....]

    These people are a mom and dad who work. Who support their own family. Who pay their own way.

    And they got in a tight spot.

    This wasn’t a good choice, but they felt it was their only choice. Two people from another culture, with mouths to feed and bills to pay.

    It seems like somehow we ought to be able to understand, and spare them the humiliation of public criticism and the expense of criminal prosecution.
Amen. A couple years' back, a single mother from the city was in a similar bind waiting tables near this same "rich-people’s mall."

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Free Women, Free Men

Thriving Taki's Magazine praises the book — ‘Free’ Camille Paglia! — as the failing New York Times pans the "book [a]s like being stranded in a bar where the jukebox has only two songs, both by Pat Benatar" — From Camille Paglia, ‘Free Women, Free Men’ and No Sacred Cows.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Valerie June Performs "Astral Plane" & "Got Soul"




Two numbers from her new album, The Order Of Time, which I rushed out and bought after hearing this story on the radio — When Valerie June Writes Music, It Begins With A Voice In Her Head.


I've not been able to stop listening to her seamless blend of styles ranging from Bluegrass to Memphis soul, forming a true Americana sound. Not for those who cannot handle Iris DeMent's voice. Here's a mini-documentary from the same fake news outlet the above videos come from:

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Performed by Lucy Crowe, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Spyres, Matthew Rose, the Monteverdi Choir & the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Crooked North Perform "Farmer John" and "Foolish Builder"

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The Crooked North Perform "Foolish Builder," "Times Like These," "You Don't Fit In," "Where We Are," "You Can't Teach a Ring to Shine," "Farmer John," & "Happy Little Blackbird"


The Crooked North, "a band inspired by the energy of progressive bluegrass, the gritty soul of Americana, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home," interviewed and seen above on Daniel Gross's "Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight," played tonight at the Little Theatre.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Red Baraat Perform "Sialkot," "Zindabad," "Bhangale," & "Se Hace Camino"


Blurbist Bob Boilen writes this of a band with Rochesterian roots:
    Red Baraat's fusion of bhangra, go-go, hip-hop and jazz is driven by frontman Sunny Jain's percolating playing of the dhol, a double-sided drum which forms the rhythmic lattice of support for their boisterous horns and guitar. And though Red Baraat graced the Tiny Desk five years ago, we had to have Jain's band back to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color, of good over evil, and the coming of spring. Usually you'd see the dusting of brightly colored perfumed powders strewn in the air, covering bodies and clothing. The notion of doing that in the office was a fun thought, but the band (with my nudging) opted instead for confetti cannons and passing candied treats. It made for quicker cleanup, but their uplifting spirits lingered on, giving us a chance to shake off the final days of winter and demonstrating why music is so essential to the soul.
I posted that last performance, Red Baraat Perform "Chaal Baby," "Shruggy Ji," and "Dhol 'n' Brass", and quoted the ban leader from a local article — After Dark: Sunny Jain happy to play to a hometown crowd at Lilac Festival:
    The fascinating thing told to us regularly is how people take in our music. Depending upon a person’s musical background or experience, they hear different things. South Asians hear the relationship to baraat brass bands back in India, as well as the Punjabi rhythms. Westerners typically hear New Orleans in our sound and when we’re in DC, people hear the go-go beat. I’ve had Brazilians tell me it sounds like Samba and West Indians say it sounds like Soca. So the elements get blurred and mesh together and at the end of the day, it’s about bringing forth a musical celebration that breaks the division of band and audience.

    For me, music serves as a bridge for the two cultures I grew up with, the Indian and American culture. Bringing together the music of my Indian heritage (Jain bhajans, Punjabi music, Bollywood) and my western upbringing (jazz, rock, funk). In the fall of 2008, I started up Red Baraat with the intention of creating a large acoustic band that brought a powerful primal sound. As I started thinking of instrumentation, I knew that I wanted a wide variety of musical voices and no electrified instruments, just drums and horns. It’s the guys in the band that collectively make up the sound of Red Baraat.
Happy Holi to all.

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Philosophical Trumpism

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Jon Baskin pays a visit to The Claremont Institute and lives to tell about it, and about the "Straussian case for America as a truly great regime, founded predominantly on a combination of Aristotelian and biblical — that is ancient, as opposed to modern — principles" — The Academic Home of Trumpism.

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Why Korea Is Divided


You'd expect more from JSTOR Daily, and certainly hope they could find a better authority than an author "has advanced degrees in library science and film studies and is lapsed in both fields" to write about this topic — Why There Are Two Koreas.

The author's argument that the North's "country’s juche (self-reliance) ideology, essentially born in the cauldron of Japanese and then Soviet interference, has been one of hermetic self-sufficiency" is not wrong, just insufficient. My post eleven years ago when I was still living in the country explains a bit more about the origins of the division — Hiroshima and the Division of Korea.

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Quantum Theory of Humor (QTH)

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St. Mary of the Angels


Two-and-a-half hours or so southwest of here, the church has received a "designation [that] establishes a special connection among the church, Pope Francis and St. Peter, the first pope" — Olean church that inspired Our Lady of Victory becomes WNY's newest basilica.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nicolas Gombert's Missa Media Vita in Morte Sumus ("In the Middle of Life We Are Already Dead Mass") Sung by The Hilliard Ensemble


Not all is lost — Geert Wilders may have lost Netherlands elections but the Dutch are speaking his anti-Islam language. "Holland’s identity does not always mesh easily with that of places like Afghanistan, and for decades Dutch and other European governments have been squeamish about forcing it to do so."

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Hypergamy and Dysgenics

Roissy quotes at length a commenter who "pretty much nailed the essential difference between the sexes (chicks dig power, men dig beauty, eggs are expensive, sperm is cheap, men are expendable, women are perishable) and the nature of the modern sexual market in relation to mating behavior and marriage" — Freelance Comment Of The Week: A Primer On The Modern Sexual Market.

"He makes a good point about postmodern society severing the ancient link between the sexual market and the marriage/monogamy/parenthood market, and an even better point about children focusing women’s attention and preventing female solipsism spirals." Tolle, lege.

Roissy follows up with a post on "the modern sexual market and how it may relate to dysgenic breeding" — The Modern Sexual Market And Our Coming Idiocracy.

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The Progressive American Defined

"A progressive American," writes Linh Dinh," is mostly a jerked puppet who’s outraged solely at preselected triggers" — Postcard from the End of America: Ann Arbor. A commenter to his article Musical Omens called Mr. Dinh "a bar hopping Vietnamese Tocqueville."

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Are We Evolving Towards a Plant-Based Diet?

Researchers "hypothesize that Europeans may be in the process of adapting to a diet rich in fatty acids derived from plant sources, but relatively poor in fatty acids derived from fish or mammals" — Agriculture, dietary changes, and adaptations in fat metabolism from ancient to modern Europeans.

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Can't Blame the White Man for This

He arrived only two centuries ago, and other men only two millennia ago — Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jacob Obrecht's Salve Regina Sung by Cappella Pratensis, Directed by Rebecca Stewart

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Metacognitive Therapy, a.k.a. Controlling Your Thoughts

From the Norwegian University of Science and Technology we learn, "Teaching patients not to ruminate offers important coping skill for depression" — Tackling depression by changing the way you think. That's how I've made it this far without handing over a dime to the Therapy Industrial Complex.

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Invasive Species


"While bison were not introduced by humans to North America, their rapid spread and diversification are hallmarks of an invasive species" — The controversial origin of a symbol of the American west. Will environmentalists now call for their extinction?

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Spirits in the Material World

"The closer you look," writes University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank, "the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground" — Minding matter.

"Why does the infinity of parallel universes in the many-worlds interpretation get associated with the sober, hard-nosed position, while including the perceiving subject gets condemned as crossing over to the shores of anti-science at best, or mysticism at worst?"

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Jan Pieterzsoon Swelinck's O Nostre Dieu et Seignuer Amaible, Depuis Le Jour Que Je Vous Vei, & Louez Dieu Tout Hautement, Sung by the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Directed by Harry van der Kamp

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