in sickness and in health
Strapped to the wheel, the gears keep grinding. In other news:
Paul Burkhardt calls our attention to "Three Tales," the new Steve Reich/Beryl Korot orchestra/video piece (The Hindenburg! The bomb! It's so cheerful!), and wonders whether symphonies might start using this as a marketing gimmickthe Star Wars theme synched with relevant images, or whatever. I suppose it depends on the symphony. The Boston Pops would be all over that like white on rice.
The truly weird thing about this link (from Justin) is that Springsteen would probably make an entirely reasonable candidate. He'd be better than Ventura, at any rate.
Everyone (* * *) is playing the first/last line game, I have to play too. Juliet already mentioned my absolute favorite beginning (Cien Años de Soledad) and ending (Ulysses), but Gravity's Rainbow is also a strong contender on both ends.
A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.