Those that read my blog might know that I am a big fan of John Cage and that I have also been taking fiddle lessons for awhile.
John Cage and I have a few things in common. First of all I live in Milton and his middle name is Milton and then … and …ah … and … and …ah …there’s
music, art and writing.
Of course John was a bit more accomplished than I am. He was a pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music and non-standard use of musical instruments. Ha … there is another common thread with me … non-standard use of a musical instrument.
Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4’33”, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound, musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. Ah…another common link with me … at the South Side Tavern where we have fiddle sessions … I mostly sit and have an indeterminacy with music.
John Cage died in 1992 and the last I checked I’m still alive and deeply absorbed with his aleatoric music.
Just so that you can fully appreciate John’s 4’33” … the content of the composition is not “four minutes and 33 seconds of silence,” as is sometimes assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during the performance.
Now I understand you might need an explanation of aleatoric and maybe even indeterminacy as it relates to music and of course me.
The following YouTube video of a 4’33” performance will give you a brief take on John’s brilliance. I suggest you look at it, “listen” and remember that there is a thin line between genius and madness.
Taking a lead from Mr. Cage, I wrote 6’1” and I can’t believe it has been two years since I held a book reading session. It is most unfortunate that I do not have a video of it to post on YouTube, but you can revisit my blog (click on date)
After numerous calls and emails I have agreed to expose myself to those critics of my book and fiddle playing.
I have booked time at the “Tavern” and will combine a short story I recently wrote with some aleatoric fiddle playing and you’re all invited (open bar). F**king brilliant you say … well I do hope you can find the time to attend.
The short story, you ask, is in title only and the fiddle music is … just show up and have a “few” on me … the only problem is … I’m not giving you much notice.
It’s tonight … April 1, 2014 … and I do hope you have/had a mischievous day.
Team Houlihan is organizing … please support them any way you can