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If I had to choose between listening to Frank Mills or Bent Fabric for extended periods of time I’d choose Bent Fabric, no question. Fabric has a nice, relaxed, toe-tapping simplicity that would make any long elevator ride seem a little more bearable. Mills, on the other hand, would grate on the brain for the entire 90 floor milk-route trip.

“Music Box Dancer” (by Mills) was a popular song to dance to at ballet/dance recitals in the 1980s. I had never had a routine where it was used but was envious of those who had been given that opportunity. I wonder if I would have felt the same desire to dance to Bent Fabric, had that music been all the rage. Maybe it was for the girls in tap classes. I doubt it though, certainly not for pre-pubescent girls in the 1980s.

I had been meaning to post something by Mills or Fabric but thinking about tap dancing classes had brought the image of this dancing lady into mind instead. She never quite works up the steps by more than a lazy shuffle…

This is a scene from David Lynch’s Eraserhead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ZHZxsqs5M

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Cover of "Ready for the House"

Cover of Ready for the House

I received an email today regarding a book chapter I wrote on Jandek’s Ready for the House. Ashgate Press will be mailing me a copy of the book within the next month or so.

Reminder to self: you are not like Woody Allen (who had at one time said that he won’t watch his own films (unlike Tom Cruise–this is a presumption. Sue me)). You will crack the spine. You will read the book. You will re-read the chapter after not having set eyes on it for nearly a year. Chewing gum and toothpicks should do the trick if needed.

On a different note, I’d like to offer a  big fat, heart-felt thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped make this chapter happen. It is all the better for your much appreciated contributions and guidance.

And, to Mr. Jandek, thanks for the music.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409441762

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I’m remembering the words of Jim Tenney from a decade and a half ago when in composition seminar he drove home the point that music does effect positive change in society. Jim used the Beatles–specifically Lennon’s contribution–as an example of music’s impact.

There are plenty of days when listening, making, and writing about music seems thankless,  pointless even.

A consolation: remember that change is sometimes a long and subtle process.

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Somebody told me you could make a killing analyzing music most people feel is sonic nonsense/noise/bad/garbage.

OK, OK, just joking…

But wait; hey, who determines badness anyway?  I mean, I’ve never thought of Jandek as bad despite the sometimes lobotomizing effect produced by repeatedly listenings of the same eight second snippet for the purpose of transcription.

Some scratch notes for you…

 

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I found this on the doorstep the other day. Underground art has to be even more subversive to  stay underground now. After all, even the Duplex Planet guy got a TED talk.

And who the heck is Felipe X. Milstein? He makes some weird art. It’s probably not as weird as the art on the cover of Bananafish 14 appearing below. But who am I to judge?

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