Being able to attend a concert at L.A.M.P. last night with the great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, and pianist, Walter Delahunt was an extraordinary bit of luck (thank you, Jules Chamberlain!). Beethoven's Triple Concerto Op.56 arranged by Carl Reinecke was extraordinary and stood out in an evening of excellence. It was one of the greatest exercises in listening I’ve ever had given my seat, as you can see... I closed my eyes and it was the violinist, the cellist, the pianist and me. Oh, and the dog, Israel, ever patiently waiting under the piano throughout. No kidding. For a surprise encore, Maestro Kremer invited out his students lucky enough to study with him this past week. They played Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Oblivion’. It was gorgeous. I so hope they make a recording of their trio...
The lesson I learned long ago - that the only way to preserve and expand whatever energy I do have is by giving it away - was celebrated bigtime this weekend when I did three shows in two days: Two wonderful audiences on Saturday and Sunday night at The Lansdowne Concert Series in Fredericton and again Sunday afternoon at Second Wind Music up in Florenceville-Bristol. Still, I must take special care not to book three shows on a weekend when the time changes again... I’m still in my jammies and might not get up ‘til tomorrow.
The first in a series of writings under the banner ‘Of a morning’... I may include images I’ve created...Read Now
Patience rewarded me eventually with an understanding of how resistant I am to being held to a standard of solemnity carried with cleverly measured words. Even if poetic, they register with me as an affront of ideas substituting for grief - ideas I can’t respond to despite how much someone wants me to feel the way they do. An illusion of camaraderie worded in place with a self-satisfying, punishing rhetoric could be so much more effective if abandoned completely and re-written as song. Without rhythm and music, some ideas are simply bossy, churlish instructions on how to behave.