Notes for a talk I’m giving at SUNY Fredonia this afternoon.
Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
- Catholic writer and mystic
- Trappist monk
- Poet, social activist, student of comparative religion
Retreat at St. Gregory’s
Monastic spiritual practice: not always relaxing:
Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
“tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.
A Book of Hours: Merton’s writings arranged into readings/prayers for four times of day: Dawn, Day, Dusk, Dark
Tuesday Dusk: Simple as a Window
Wednesday Dawn: Huge, Unwounding Spirit
Thursday Day: Wild and Crazy Sheep
Saturday Dawn: Wisdom, the Mother of All
Four Memoriales: viola & piano
La Nuit et le Brouillard
Ralph Farris, viola
Raja Rahman, piano
Now, A Wanderer
Beyond the Horizon (text, score part 1, score part 2), from West With the Night, by Beryl Markham)
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
Juliana Snapper, soprano
David Chase, conductor
30 Days Project
Day 28: Cicadas in Love
Cicada sounds from University of Michigan Museum of Zoology — used by permission
- Tenure Track: nice work if you can get it
- Adjunct: would you like fries with that A?
My Cobblestone Career
- Adjunct teaching
- Private piano lessons (why I stopped)
- Accompanying: voice students, choirs, music theatre
- Church music
- Music admin, music ed, IT, other skills or trades
- Can you network/self-promote like a mofo?
- Collaboration: performers, conductors, visual artists, writers
- Kidding not kidding: you need health insurance
- Concert reviews: criticism sucks
I just try to write a good story.
What New Music?
What is it today?
- Mandatory parameters?
– Intellectual Rigor
– Absolute vs. programmatic
– Does it have to hurt?
- What about…
- Not either/or, but and, and, and…