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June 12, 2011

This is mostly a placeholder of a post, because things have been too crazy to get much writing done, and it’s not likely to get better very soon. Here’s the short version, which I hope to flesh out eventually.

• AJ and I rode a packed train into Chicago, walked to Millennium Park, and joined in with Improv Everywhere’s MP3 event. It was incredibly awesome. I’ve enjoyed watching Improv Everywhere’s videos for a few years now, but it’s an entirely different thing to be part of the crowd. Really, really great. And it was made even greater by the fact that my normally extremely cautious son, who never wants to make a spectacle of himself, threw himself into it with abandon. More on this soon, but in the mean time, you can see a video of it here:

We are not in it, as far as I can tell, although I haven’t watched it all the way through. But the filmer appears to have been on the other side of both of the locations. There will be an official video of the event posted at Improv Everywhere eventually and I’ll post a link when it’s up.

• Tomorrow morning, I will be teaching at the second meeting of Lutheran Rock Band Camp. I’ll be missing one and a half of the four meetings for the NY trip, but I’m looking forward to playing with the kids. Still ahead tonight: Piling two guitars, two amps, a keyboard, X-stand, tone generator and a big pile o’ cables in the front hall to move to the van in the morning. I need a roadie.

• Tomorrow afternoon, I head eastward with my new suit and some books for Baby J in advance of Tuesday’s interview. I will, hopefully, avoid panicking. I’m trying to get it out of the way tonight as I commence packing. Wish me luck.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 6:44 am

    Don’t panic! Pack a towel. You’ll be great.

  2. freshhell permalink
    June 13, 2011 7:52 am

    Good luck!

  3. June 13, 2011 12:00 pm

    luck wished

  4. June 14, 2011 2:20 am

    This is a total non sequitur, but I was in the car today and heard a song for the first time and fell in love with it. It’s called “Many of Horror” by Biffy Clyro, and I wished you were my music teacher so you could explain what is happening musically in the verse. I had the illlogical idea that understanding the theory would help me understand why I instantly loved the song, this new song, which was apparently released in December of 2009.

  5. June 14, 2011 6:59 am

    I’ve never heard of Biffy Clyro before, but I like the song. It reminds me a little of Peter Gabriel back when I still liked his music. I don’t think turning to theory is an illogical idea. It’s what drove me to study theory in the first place — it was my original specialty when I started grad school. Eventually I decided that the answer to the question I was looking for — why do I love this song? — lay more in cultural associations with patterns and less with harmonic analysis, although in truth, it’s both. And in this case, I suspect what you may be reacting to — or at least, I think what I’m reacting to — is that the verse is constantly postponing a solid cadence in the tonic (main key). It keeps sailing by the note you want to hear, eventually landing on the note a half-step below it. You don’t get a resolution to the harmonic tension until the verse, and even then it doesn’t stay that way — it backs away from it again at the end of the chorus. I really like the chord progression here, but also the sound on the guitar at the beginning and the way it builds to a larger ensemble at the end (I think that’s the part that reminds me of Gabriel, but also his voice a little). In case you are someone besides Violet and you are still reading this comment, you can listen to the song here:

  6. June 14, 2011 7:01 am

    Also, I’ve listened to it exactly once, and I’ve still got it in my head — the sign of a good song. Also, I am very grateful that you have found a way to rid me of “Yellow Submarine,” which is what we played for 3 hours yesterday at Lutheran Rock Band Camp. This is much more tolerable.

  7. June 14, 2011 8:12 am

    Thank you for the lucid explanation! The second half of the opening riff is my favorite part, too. I had never heard of Biffy Clyro, but they’re apparently huge everywhere but the US and have already played Wembley, and everything like that. Who knew? I love discovering new music, but this isn’t new. Oh, well. I love it anyway.

    And I thank you again, especially since you’re busy and I’m supposed to be wishing you luck. Good luck!


  8. June 14, 2011 9:00 am

    Thanks! And believe me, I’m very happy for the distraction this morning. You’re saving me from myself.

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