Copying my friend Caitlin (who happened to ask the first question) and getting into the vlogging game. Let me know your questions!
Monthly Archives: February 2015
Look, I’ve hesitated to write about my obsession with Martha Stewart’s instagram up until now because it just doesn’t seem like something a serious composer/conductor should admit to (much less a 31-year-old man period) but she just dropped 3 pictures that perfectly encapsulate the mainÂ categories of her online persona. It’s like she was begging me to provide the commentary.
#1:Â Poorly Lit Pictures (nothing a flash can’t solve!) of Expensive Food at UpscaleÂ Restaurants that Make theÂ Food Look Disgusting
For those who like this, I created an entire Pinterest board devoted to Martha’s forays into food photography.
This post is also part of a bonus category:Â Unintentional Poetry. (Martha frequently flirts with the haiku.)
#2: Selfies with Celebrities Who Seem Like They Should Be Way Outside Her Social Sphere (which I presume includes only Charlie Rose and Michael Bloomberg)
#3: Martha Doing theÂ Domestic Goddess Thing We Know & Love Her For
accompanied here by outlandish claims toÂ innovation. Who ever heard of “flooding” a cookie in the first place?
Now anybody who follows me on twitter knows that IÂ frequentlyÂ retweet her (you’re welcome), and IÂ love herÂ instagram for the same reason: MarthaÂ does not give a FUCK. Â Homegirl’s done Time, and she’s not about to waste the rest of her life punctuating and capitalizing. For someone so wealthy and so prominent, it’s refreshingÂ to see an online presence thatÂ hasn’t beenÂ totally manicured and byÂ herÂ PRÂ lackey.
OK,Â the well is deep and I could go on for hours, but here’s one last little bon-bon. Pay attention to the time stamps.
Martha went to the opera one night and had a meal 2 hours before it started:
In between her meal and the opera, THIS IS WHAT SHE POSTED:
It’s scary when a favorite artist comes out with a new album, because you want that perfect balance ofÂ the familiarÂ andÂ the new.
And it’s in that regard that I thinkÂ Vulnicura knocks it out of the park â€“Â after the third track. Â It’s not that I don’t like “Stonemilker”, “Lionsong”, and “History of Touches”, butÂ IÂ doÂ feel like they’re a retread of BjÃ¶rk’s previous (though excellent) material. Â I know she can do better.
And damn, does she ever: once we get to “Black Lake”, this album hits its sweet spot and doesn’t stop. Â That particular trackÂ has theÂ epic scope ofÂ “The Dull Flame of Desire” but the soundscape of a muted “Vespertine” (with some new sizzle and flare thrown in.) Â I love the pacing and I dig the senza vib. in a big way.
“Atom Dance” is my favorite track on the album, but let’s all take a moment to acknowledge the utter badassery of that cello break on “Family”:
It’s hard for me to imagine anyone coming up with a better 30 seconds of music than that in 2015.