Reading Music V

December 01, 2020  •  3 Comments

You Can Keep Your Hat OnYou Can Keep Your Hat OnRed Rock Conservation Area, Nevada
You Can Keep Your Hat On*
Red Rock Conservation Area, Nevada

What do JS Bach and Radiohead have in common? Nothing I suppose except that Alex Ross can write intelligently about them both and with an interest peaking certainty.  Alex Ross, the music critic for New Yorker magazine, is a polished genius when it comes to music and displays his full range in Listen to This, a collection of essays that starts with Bach, moves through Radiohead, soprano Marion Anderson, Verdi, The LA Philharmonic, Björk, and ending 325 pages later with Brahms. I haven't read anyone with such wide-ranging expertise since plowing through Arguably by Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens' work centered around politics and culture while Ross digs deep into music, any and all. 

*Thanks to Joe Cocker for the image title :-)

 


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Stella(non-registered)
Photographers love those ancient bristlecone pines growing on the high elevation of White Mountain. Alex Ross also has a nice little writing about them. Here is the link https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/20/the-past-and-the-future-of-the-earths-oldest-trees/amp
Jerry Foodman(non-registered)
Great photo. I know who Bach is but not Radiohead. But you piqued my interest and will look for the Alex Ross book.
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
Wow, on the image, Joe! I find it interesting the variety of reading you do and the amount. I was not much of a reader until 25 years ago. Wish I'd started earlier and wish I read faster. Anyway, I read and enjoy it. Hoping you have a wonderful December!
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