Seven Interests Thingie
I asked calimac to pass along a selection of seven interests from my LJ list.
Here's my explications of those. If you want to continue the chain,
reply and ask me to choose from your interests, then post your response
on your own page.
Alton Brown: Host of Food Network's Good Eats show.
He and his crew present clear and entertaining explanations
of the science behind how ingredients and cooking methods
produce delicioiusness. He's an inspiring model for effective
Conducting: Most of my musical activity these days is
as a conductor of concert bands, especially the
San Mateo Elks Concert Band. That's something I've
wanted to do for years, having been trained long ago
to be a school instrumental music teacher. As a player
and singer, I've long watched directors to learn what
works and doesn't work. I'm pleased to find that
I'm doing more of the former than the latter.
Kandinsky: An artist I've enjoyed for years. His
abstract paintings convey a strong sense of life
in another world. I remember in college (UCSC, see
below) wanting some of his artwork to put on my
dorm wall. I couldn't find anything I recognized
as art by Kandinsky at the campus bookstore.
But then I saw some cards with art of medieval
scenes that I enjoyed, so I gladly purchased
them to put above my desk. When I took the
cards out of the wrappers, I was surprised
to see that they were early, representational
works by Kandinsky.
Koechlin: A composer I've found of interest.
Of his varied composing styles, one appealing
aspect was the influence of medieval and
renaissance music (conveyed by his teacher, Faure).
A number of his works are unaccompanied melodies for
Penguins: I've liked them for half a century,
judging from an early photo of me with a
penguin beach towel. The more I've learned about
the actual birds, the more interesting they are.
Long ago I joked about being disappointed by
the Peterson bird guide books, because they
didn't include penguins. Then I was astonished
by the issuing of a big book titled Penguins
by Peterson, who claimed them as his favorite
bird. This book was the culmination of Roger
and his brother becoming the first people to
travel the southern hemisphere to observe all
17 breeds of penguins in their own habitat.
Oddly, for all that I appreciate penguins, I don't
like cold weather.
Schwitters: Kurt Schwitters is my favorite figure
from the Data movement. Or, to use his self-created
name for what he does, the Merz movement. His
varied endeavors include innovation in collage
artwork, and sound poetry, compositions of
nonsense syllables to be spoken aloud. His
Ursonata is a half-hour work in four movements.
His Merz publications use virtuostic typography,
which he also applied in a successful advertising
career, especially in a long series of ads for
Pelikan inks. In sculpture, he created a series
of Merzbaus--assemblages that gradually took over
an apartment or barn. His final work of this sort,
the Merzbarn, was created in Little Langdale, an area
of England he fled to from Germany during World War II.
UCSC: University of California Santa Cruz, where I earned
my BA in music during 1971-1975. At the time I signed
up for Livejournal, a number of my interests from that
time were coming to mind to look into again. That's
reflected in items I listed, including some your selected
for my explanations.