Life-Changing Music

When a concert changes one’s life, it is not larger circles of life that shift, not the shape of the buildings or the direction of one’s life, but the very small circles, the inner gears themselves.  The air feels different, the sky less cold, one’s heart a different timbre.  Using the lessons learned from falling in love, one knows one need not shout the moment to the stars, open one’s lungs to the night. Instead, there is a quiet reserve that has been filled, and with each breath it seems possible to feel once again the velvet, hear again the tangible silence of three thousand people waiting for the first sound to emerge, almost to see once again the sound as it blooms in the air, matures, explodes and dies in ecstasy upon one’s ears.

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Basel, Switzerland

Living in the center of town, in a beautiful apartment near the train station. A minimization of living needs: I eat out three meals, drink lots of water, do the pushups to stay in form as I dive into the execrable task of putting all the notes into the computer. After this unenviable task,  I will work further with printouts, changing, developing, modifying, generally improving: that will be fun. For now, just the hard labour of inputting.

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Man on Wire

Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the Twin Towers the morning of 7 August, 1974, has finally had a worthwhile film made about his epic triumph. The film has been out for several months, after a successful premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last Spring.

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