Monday, 9 March 2015

Demanding the Truth.

Three nights ago the moon was a pale silver grey. Last night it was yellow, and tonight it’s yellow again.

So, I don’t want feeding any rubbish about filtration through atmospheric gasses, spectral separation by water vapour, or variations in refractive indexes. What I want to know is: who painted it?

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I thought of something interesting to say on the subject of perception earlier, but I’ve forgotten what it was. Noting the fact that rain kisses some people but spits on others will have to do.

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I read earlier that Mr Putin has admitted that he’d been planning the annexation of Crimea long before the referendum. Is this true? If so, it raises an interesting question: Should Bhutan replace Russia as a permanent member of the UN Security Council? (I’ve long had a soft spot for Bhutan, ever since I read that the king had banned TVs because they were a bad influence. I’ve also sat in that big circular chamber in the UN building, the place where mature, refined statesmen shake their fists and shout ‘Niet!’ and ‘Non!’ and ‘Up yours, you c****e b*****d!’)

8 comments:

S. said...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GdZ2JXCCSOI

She sort of asks the same question. Have I recommended this song before? If so, I'm unapologetic, because it's just that good. I've been listening to it for the past ten years, and it never loses its magic.

Do you have certain music you enjoy for different seasons? Enya is almost exclusively my winter/very early spring music.

My full blown spring music...you mightn't like.

JJ Beazley said...

My choice of music does seem to go in cycles, but I can't say I've noticed any specific correlation with the seasons. It does make sense, though, since the seasons influence our moods, and moods influence what we want to listen to.

I haven't played your piece yet, since my bandwidth isn't unrestricted until after midnight.

Am I to assume that the vernal equinox transforms you into a heavy metal freak?

JJ Beazley said...

I hadn’t heard this one. Nice. I’ll give it several listens to see whether I share your good opinion.

I blow hot and cold on Enya. Some of her stuff I really like – Smaointe is my all time favourite, but Caribbean Blue, China Roses, and The River Sings also come readily to mind. But I do think some of her later stuff is soggy.

S. said...

My spring stuff is admittedly a little esoteric. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oPw3obDVHiY

I think both she and her voice are beautiful. And her banjo skills! Ugh.

Also, this fella: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fJfhaayOAy0

I can't abide by most of Enya's later music. Something must happen to you when you live alone, in a castle, with a flock of cats.

JJ Beazley said...

You had me worried there, Mistress S. I thought you were going to turn out to be a committed head banger after all.

I love this kind of banjo music - strikes me as a white sister's answer to blues. I assume you're aware of Sarah Jarosz.

S. said...

I am no, actually. I'll certainly check this name sister out. Thank you!

S. said...

*not

JJ Beazley said...

Ty this for a neat bit of banjo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-SLSZ-9748