I copied this quote (by hand – during a party) from a magazine or newspaper cut-out that had been taped to a door in some stranger’s house:
“Unfortunately a lot of the world’s great music, in the minds of a lot of people, has become a safe thing to experience. In my opinion, any great work of art is a very dangerous thing for anyone to experience, because if you’re really experiencing, let’s say, a great quartet work – the Cavatina of the Grosse Fuge, for example – you don’t know what might happen to you. Your molecules could get really bent out of shape, your whole life might take a different direction. That music has a great deal of power. It’s not safe, it’s not wallpaper music… it’s a challenge, an attempt to create musical essences. I think that about great works of art. It’s not safe. It’s not safe to go hear a Mozart symphony, not if you really listen.”
~David Harrington (the Kronos Quartet)
[bolding is mine. link is to a random Youtube performance.]
Several years ago I attempted to make a song. Before I had a chance to finish mixing the levels, I had computer issues which resulted in all the source files being lost.
As far as I was aware, everything – except for the single file that was uploaded to the splice on myspace music page – was gone forever and ever.
Today I discovered the final remaining copy of my pseudo-song:
“machines versus teh strings” by splice
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (the book) preceded this current tale about the place that is apparently referred to by its residents as “Underland,” which, since you must fall a long way to get there, makes just about as much sense. I’ve written a review for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, but I failed to mention a couple things, like: the strange repurposing of the elements of “Jabberwocky” or Elfman’s simple, but effective score. (“Alice. Alice. Ohhh, Alice.”)
Also, I can’t remember what the Dormouse said, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t “feed your head,” because that had something to do with an airplane…and possibly psychedelic mushrooms.