Though I am not one to follow the birthdays of the artists I admire, I am however touched by what Google did to celebrate Debussy’s. The animation uses Clair de lune or Moonlight, one of his more popular pieces today. In honor of his birthday however I’d like to draw my readers’ attention to a different one of his works, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, or Prelude to the afternoon of a faun. This piece was met with great disdain by the public when first performed. When combined with a ballet by Nijinsky it was met with great controversy. Needless to say it was canned the following day by the critics. I only point this out to continue my theme of defending the new. We cherish and celebrate Debussy today but we forget that listening to Debussy as we do was not his intent. His music wasn’t to be preserved, he wrote it to challenge and push the limits. Were he alive today I believe and hope he’d be continuing to challenge our musical understanding, not preserving the one from 100 years ago.
Posted in Artistic Discussion, Journalism, Music, Theatre
Tagged ballet, clair de lune, Debussy, France, google, music, New, Nijinsky, prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Preserving a President
13 Presidents, each freezing their time in history with a library.
Question 1: Does 13 make it a tradition?
Question 2: What does America see as the purpose of this “tradition”?
Question 3: What should be the purpose of this “tradition”?
Now for the question the Times is asking:
Question 4: Should we keep this “Tradition”?
Personally speaking as I like to do, I think the end of this short post is what is most interesting. Will Obama’s technological influences inspire him to construct his library differently, or even perhaps digitally? Could Obama start the Second Life Presidential Library Tradition?
Posted in Artistic Discussion, Journalism, Literature, Second Life
Tagged America, Artistic Discussion, Libraries, NY Times, Paper Cuts, President Obama, Presidential Library, Second Life, tradition