Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass ...
Funny, the unexpected things you find when you do random searches in U-tube.
Shankar's collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin (East Meets West), which I discovered some time in my teens, was a kind of breakthrough moment for me, musically, having studied typical "Western" classics through my piano studies. It opened my mind up to an entirely new set of musical ideas and concepts and sounds. It was quite amazing. I then became an avid listener to WNYC's "New Sounds" program and learned about Stephen Reich, and many other "alternatives" in the "classical" milieu.
I know Shankar has collaborated with many artists over the years, yet I was unaware of this 1990 album with Glass (although I should not have been surprised by it). These are very nice collaborations between Shankar and Glass, but I think the Shankar/Menuhin work far exceeds them in terms of a "collaboration between equals." No offense to Philip Glass. I've been listening to more of his work lately and think I need to spend more time with more time with it in order to be fair in my (personal) assessment. I know he's some kind of "God" to many. I personally haven't seen that yet.
Switching gears: I was intending to write, briefly, today about something someone told me recently, about how some relationships are like glass, once they are broken, it's not worth bloodying one's hands trying to put them back together again. Rather, it's better to sweep up the shards and throw them away and be done with it. (Forrest Gump allusion entirely unintentional, believe me ... please.)
So, by finding this on U-tube (and, hence, my "random" search term having been revealed), my thoughts went into a different direction: to the things I love and continue to explore and learn about and that give me intellectual food and relief from my anxiety. Probably best for me. Probably best for you, dear reader, as well.
Although, one day, while in a more morbid mood, I'll probably get back to the broken glass issue. Sorry.