Thursday, January 31, 2013

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... Happy Birthday Philip Glass

2007-05-09-dscn0216Lately I've been listening a lot to Philip Glass lately and so thought this would be a good time to do a minimalist post on his birthday (January 31, 1937). I've been a Glass fan (and Minimalist or repetitive structured contemporary music) for years, but just in the past year or so, I've focused on some of Glass's major works. Specifically, the great "Portrait Trilogy" of Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten, and Satyagraha. The "Knee Play" portions. Knee Play 5, in particular, is great.

Knee Play 5
Two lovers sat on a park bench with their bodies touching each other holding hands in the moonlight there was silence between them so profound was their love for each other they needed no words to express it and so they sat in silence on a park bench with their bodies touching holding hands in the moonlight finally she spoke
"Do you love me, John?" she asked
"You know i love you, darling" he replied
"I love you more than tongue can tell you are the light of my life my sun, moon, and stars you are my  everything without you, i have no reason for being"
Again, there was silence as the two lovers sat on a park bench their bodies touching holding hands in the moonlight once more, she spoke
"How much do you love me, John?" she asked
He answered, "How much do i love you? count the stars in the sky measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon number the grains of sand on the seashore impossible, you say?"

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