Saturday 27 April 2013

Harry Nilsson

Added the remaining (trial) awnings to the Boulevard Haussmann building.

With camera flash

Without flash

Currently listening to:

Harry Nilsson: Aerial Ballet Pandemonium (1971)

He had a kindly face.

Harry Nilsson 1941 to 1994
Last night's dinner:

Half a take-away chicken curry from the Shenaz, Glasgow.

Cost per head: £4.50

Effective vocabulary:

Listening to a Radio 3 review of some recently recorded song cycles by the English tenor Ian Bostridge.

Bostridge is very highly rated; but I find him too precious. However, the reviewer on Radio 3 this morning is clearly a fan  and was hugely impressed by the singing on the new record.

He described Bostridge's singing as "shattering".

I thought that was a brilliant word to use to describe the effect that a musical performance can have.

Ian Bostridge
Tango and Walking:

I've been thinking a lot about the emphasis that the new tutors place on the connection between Tango and normal walking.

Their view is in line with that expressed in the following quotation from a website about Tango.

"As I mention repeatedly, good standing and walking are the biggest key to good tango. One of the most beautiful aspects of this dance is the fact that it does not require any artificial technique – just good natural movement.  This is why one of the known sayings of the old-timers is that “to dance tango is to walk like one walks in the street.” Of course, in dancing, the body may perform more different movements than it does in simple walking. The point of the saying is that nothing needs to be changed in the fundamental mechanics of the walk – the body is simply allowed to adjust to the challenges of the dance like in most traditional folk dancing, without learning any specific technique for one’s feet or one’s hips. In addition, more than other dances, most tango figures are based on simply stepping here and there, and the best tango dancers actually look like they are “just walking”. But there is another famous saying: “in order to dance tango well, one must first learn how to stand and walk well.”

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