What is the deal with this.

from Thursday, March19th of the year2009.

HOW. How, Marian Burros? How are you going to write an article in the Times about the Obamas and have an it’s/its issue? HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN? Behold:

Mrs. Obama, who said that she never had a vegetable garden before, said the idea for it came from her experiences as a working mother trying to feed her daughters, Malia and Sasha, a good diet. Eating out three times a week, ordering a pizza, having a sandwich for dinner took it’s toll. The children’s pediatrician told her she needed to be thinking about nutrition.

Ar-r-r-rgh. I just scoured all of Burros’s’s’s’s other article’s’s’s’s in the Time’s’s’s’s for the la’st few months’s’s and she seem’s to have gotte’n it right all the rest of the times. ‘. But seriously. The shit has been up now for three hours and nobody has dealt with it. Three hours’ time!

I need 2 calm down. I am going to listen to Pärt. (This is not to say that Pärt is calming; in fact, I find it incredibly exciting, but, you know, I have been worked into a Tiz.)

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Arvo Pärt Da Pacem Domine
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tönu Kaljuste

I love this piece. For recent Pärt, it is extremely controlled, and yet, makes use of dovetailing and layering in a way I deeply crave. I like how the instruments are non-essential: they could be there, they don’t have to be there, they are there, they aren’t there. There is something deeply satisfying about the repetition v. non-repetition, too, like this Bob Wilson tribute to Philip Glass:

robert-wilson
Photo courtesý of Amanda Ameer at Life’s a Pitch

12 Comments

  • wow, this is a beautiful piece. Thank you for posting it.

  • mr. wilson knows mr. glass knows miss stein….its/it’s wild.

  • Nico,

    Part’s Music is The hidden truth of man’s relationship with Spirit and Nature.

    a Mystic in Musical Expression.

    🙂

  • Glad to see that the copy editor got around to it: “Eating out three times a week, ordering a pizza, having a sandwich for dinner all took their toll.” Still not the world’s greatest sentence…

  • perhaps you are responsible…

    Mrs. Obama, who said that she never had a vegetable garden before, said the idea for it came from her experiences as a working mother trying to feed her daughters, Malia and Sasha, a good diet. Eating out three times a week, ordering a pizza, having a sandwich for dinner all took their toll. The children’s pediatrician told her she needed to be thinking about nutrition.

  • I wonder if the Obamas will be planting a spaghetti crop?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyUvNnmFtgI

  • never had you down as a grammar fetishist nico. Language yes, but isn’t grammar just a little mundane to complain about?

  • I’ve been tiptoeing around Pärt (I’ll need to deconstruct that phrase) for years. This is it: the entry into a composer’s work (proper possessive) through one moment. How can something so lush be so devastating? Like Wolfie’s final Requiem or a Bergman landscape. Many thanks. I did double check the gerund as well, and it was good. Now I’ll need to edit down those (damn) parenthetical phrases.

  • It’s spelling, not grammar.

  • Hi! I’ve just discovered your music. Love at first listen…
    I found this blog looking for informations about you.
    Speaking of repetition: I’m writing my final “tesi” (dissertation) in philosophy. It’s a work about Steve Reich, aesthetic formalism and its limits. I found a very interesting book by Robert Fink, in wich he suggests a cultural-historical hermeneutic of repetition in musical minimalism.
    I would really know your opinion about this…
    You can find introduction and chapter 1 here:

    http://homepage.mac.com/rfink1913/.Public/Repeating%20Ourselves/RO%20-%20Introduction.pdf

    http://homepage.mac.com/rfink1913/.Public/Repeating%20Ourselves/RO%20-%201.pdf

    Thanks for your music, Nico.
    And sorry for my english. My mothertongue is italian.

    m

  • That its vs. it’s problem drives me crazy. I send emails to fellow bloggers when they get that wrong. Don’t even get me started on lose vs. loose!

  • I’ve replayed the Pärt piece several times already. Your description of it is so musical and convincing. I love this post.