Category Archives: Holidays

Louis Andriessen and Passover Seders

Louis Andriessen at 70 Years ago I dis­cov­ered a stun­ning and mon­u­men­tal work for Cho­rus and Orches­tra called De Staat (which trans­lates to The State or in this case, ‘The Repub­lic’ based on Pla­to’s Repub­lic).  If you haven’t heard it (and I strong­ly rec­om­mend check­ing out a record­ing), it’s kind of like Stravin­sky’s Rite of […]

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Happy New Year! What if 2008 was a Hoax?

I’m going to start the new year with some thoughts about 2009, which I like more than last year for one triv­ial rea­son already: it’s far eas­i­er to type. But before that, one final reflec­tion on 2008: On the evening news, a reporter asked some peo­ple on the street this ques­tion: If you had to […]

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Happy Solstice, and Wassail!

A Path in the Snow on the Win­ter’s Sol­stice The snow is still com­ing down as I write this, at past mid­night. It has been snow­ing since mid-day and shows no sign of let­ting up. Pam and I decid­ed we would cel­e­brate both this unusu­al (for Van­cou­ver, any­way) weath­er, as well as the Win­ter Sol­stice […]

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The World Celebrates

Saw this on Dai­ly Kos and thought it was worth embed­ding here.

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What a Month!

Is it real­ly Hal­loween again? The month, like Scar­bo the ‘half gob­lin, half ghost’ char­ac­ter from Gas­pard de la Nuit, a poem and the third in a set of 3 extra­or­di­nary piano pieces by Mau­rice Rav­el, has twitched, jerked and reared up and dropped down, pirou­et­ting like a threat­en­ing demon (at least in terms of […]

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