Past Currently's - February 2010
Salvador Dali - Couple with Clouds in their Heads 1
Salvador Dali - Couple with Clouds in their Heads 2
~February 3, 2010~
Degas - Melancholy
~February 3, 2010~
Monet - Steep Cliffs Near Dieppe
Brahms
The exquisite sensitivity of Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 78
More of the exquisite sensitivity of Brahms
Violin Concerto Op 77 - Second Movement
More still
Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8 - 1st Movement -
Allegro con brio
The exuberance of Brahms
Violin Concerto, Op. 77 - 3rd Movement
More of the exuberance of Brahms
Trio for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40, Finale
Mozart - Reqiuem - Kyrie
On his death bed Mozart said he was
just beginning to see what could be
done with music...
~February 14, 2010~
~February 15, 2010~
"Andrew's Tea Special":
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of ginger root (size of 2 garlic cloves)
  • 1 piece turmeric root (same size)
  • (Large pinch of white tea)
All fresh and raw and finely chopped.
Steep in boiled water for 20 minutes (or steeped and left
sealed for hours like I do).
This month I am listening almost exclusively to Requiems.
The most powerful, solemn, and beautiful I have thus far
found to be those of ...

Here is a sample of the pleading sensitivity of
Preisner's
"Offertorium" (Requiem for a Friend)
"Never to suffer would never to have been blessed."
Poe

"What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember."
Seneca

"We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full."
Proust
William Blake - "Shouting"
A great transformation is occurring in my life. By necessity I am taking an
indefinite break from my writing. I am investing in my life, and most of all, in
other people. I have neglected this for six years. Everything has been done,
every decision has been made, for my work. This was a necessary part of
my becoming to pass through this long season. But this part is now over. I
now have a strong urge to relate to people. I need them. I am releasing the
stranglehold my head has had on my heart. I see now how it has alienated
me from others. My old exuberant energy towards people is returning. My
stress and anxiety are abating. I am combating my arrogance and will to
power, and will for intellectually induced highs. I am letting go my
attachment to suffering. I am releasing the tendency to analyze and no act
on a feeling. It feels like I've starting a new life. But I also have no idea
where to go, what to do, or what my future holds.
~Updated February 26, 2010~
The Metamorphoses
"Ovid's version of the tale states that a girl who had also fallen in love with Narcissus made a prayer
to the gods, asking that Narcissus suffer from an unrequited lust just as he had done to others. The
prayer was answered by the goddess Nemesis - (she who ruins the proud), makes him fall in love
with his own reflection so he stares at himself in the river (as he thinks it is a beautiful person
underwater) until he turns pale and eventually dies."

This picture - ECHO's unrequited love for Narcissus.
Logic is Hell. It was necessary to pass through it for the past two years. Now that I
have emerged from it, after pursuing it to its utmost extremity (at least of what I
was capable of), I am undergoing a Metamorphoses. Exiting metaphysics and
physics and re-entering the existential. Investing in my life and heart instead of
propositions and abstract concepts!
~February 28, 2010~
On Loneliness:
I think I could turn, and live with the animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
No one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things.
~Whitman "Song of Myself"