from Thursday, February12th of the year2009.
I had a really exciting day the other day; I’m not sure even what the reason was – it just seemed like there was something in the air. I bought mussels, I bought garlic, I was walking down the Bowery, and I looked up at the New Museum and got a pang of rapture looking up at the neon Ugo Rondinone “Hell, Yes!” piece:
The other thing that I tried to take a picture of but failed was a woman in line at the supermarket with one of those tricycle strollers who, instead of carrying a basket, just put her chicken on top of her baby. I’m not even kidding you. I took a surreptitious iPhone shot and ended up with blurred nonsense but here it is anyway:
Here is some nice music for walking around town:
[audio:10 Beati Quorum Via.mp3]
C.V. Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Salisbury Cathedral Choir
I love the slow progression of this. Stanford is a composer who is not afraid of a big gesture, but in this li’l motet he keeps everything very smooth. There is a lot to love in this piece. A minute and forty seconds in, whoa, major-minor! The cadences right before the three minute mark I have always found to be immensely satisfying. Also, a minute and seventeen seconds into this, listen to the kind of Kermitty bass. I love choral recordings because sometimes you can hear one super-eager tenor poking out.