Second Fiddles & Leg-up Givers : Chronicle 32

Listening to Mahler, Symphony N4, Szell, London Symphony Orchestra, recorded in… Ohio, 1965.

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“Quitte à être déçu, il fallait connaître…”

Tricky French sentence to translate : “Even if it meant to be disappointed, one needed to know…”.

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Do you, like me, have this trait, which is to believe more in what is written than in what is said?

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In an Art, always search for the second fiddles. 

Thus today I’m interested in Charles-François Daubigny (1817 – 1878), considered as an important precursor of Impressionism.

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We have this word, “le passeur”. Dictionaries says : “the smuggler”, but it’s not metaphorically correct.

I talk about the guy in a bark, who with along a rope helps you to pass, to cross a river (I imagine that in Russia – why? What’s the word?).

This is how I feel here, with my little tools. I find little things in a few domains, I share. It’s not teaching (this is way too serious for me!), just passing, like “pass me the salt please”. I’m a passer, can I say that?

A neophytes a-leg-up giver…

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You should consider reading to each other aloud. It’s an interesting bond. I wanted to blog about it, but you’ll find plenty blog articles around.

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– How do you see the character Charlie Brown?
– Tchekovian
– What does that mean?
– Something like : “Life is a disaster. Let’s try to live”

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Writing about silence treatment, hidden godsends and inventive legitimacy…

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Like in Rogue One, the idea of the one left behind who helps from there…

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How to stay human?

Being generous.

 

 

Have a nice day!

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Someone, somewhere in summertime : Chronicle 31

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads

…is so American that I had to stop on it. I wonder how it sounds for an American? It sounds country music but West Virginia is north east, right? It’s far from… Arizona, OK? It sounded Texas to my poor ears. Are the Appalachian a mini-Far West? I’m really lost. I’m sure it’s a very popular song in the USA. It sounds like an hymn! How do young people listen to that? Old shit from the seventies? A song about Land Melancholy? I googled the lyrics to find out that the core of the song (broken hearted singing cow-boys, I reckon… darn it… recognize that you kill me at times) was :

Driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday

That is terrible!

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Someone Somewhere in Summertime is a Simple Minds song from 1982. I was 16 years old. I didn’t care about the lyrics, but the SOUND, yes. Like a luxurious version of new wave.

Lyrics are different (I discover the meaning of this today) :

Shadows of brilliant ways will change all the time
Memories
Burning gold memories
Gold of day memories change me in these times

 

I wonder why we don’t hear new “sounds” these years in pop music. I listened to the 50 best titles of 2017 with no real surprises…

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I learned in a movie magazine the existence of the “No reason scenarios”. Stories for no reason. I’ll explore this further, OK?

Meanwhile here’s a clip for no reason :

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Women are not vending machines that you put kindness coins in until sex falls out

 

But I read (slippery answer, right?) “Why not to try, though?”, on a Reddit forum.

Kindness coins… Ohlalaaaaa…

(I don’t find the source of this quote. Some says it’s Sylvia Plath but it does not sound right).

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“We only need what we need”, said Chekhov.

Oh I love this so much! Because lazy lazies will just laugh, right? “We only need what we need”, yeahhh.

But think.

 

Have a nice day!

 

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The sadness of Chekhovian heroins is ours

Anton Chekhov wrote a few plays, and hundreds of short stories.

When you read him, the “archetype” of the Chekhovian Heroin begins to appear in your head.

She’s a woman. She’s sensitive. She dreams of another life. She’s a bit sad.

Here are three examples.

A stormy day, a man, with drops of water in his beard, says a declaration of love to a young woman. She ignores him. Years later, they both live alone. They are still in contact. She cries on her lost life, the time flowing, the too lates. (A Lady’s Story)

A butterfly-minded spouse is unable to see the value and the kindness of her husband, and realizes it too late. (The Grasshopper)

A young woman takes on the ideas and habits of every man she loves. People laugh at her, and at the end she is lost and alone. (The Darling)

There’s a lot to learn by reading Chekhov : We all do what we can. We fail because we’re afraid, or we think we know. Life is short and we should dare more. And we all are a little stupid, and ridiculous…

Most of his short stories are free on the web. You’ll also find many “Selected Short Stories” in book. I assure you : it’s better than many Self-Help books!

Thanks for reading!

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Keep a part for later – Masterpieces from Masters

If you’re an explorer, you sometimes discover an artist you… adore.

It’s so good that you can’t resist : here you are exploring the whole chest, pigging out the whole thing. We are all lost souls, craving for…

But sometimes you climb “one more degree”. It’s so good that you decide something.

Keep a part for later. More in reserve. Some gas left in the tank.

This is what I did with a few masters : Puccini, Chekhov, Faulkner, Borges, Jünger. Who are yours?

I know Manon and La Bohème by heart, and pretty well some of other Puccini’s operas, like Tosca or Butterfly, and one third of Trittico. Each time I listen to a part of Turandot I’m floored… but I keep it for later!

Chekhov wrote hundreds of short stories. I have shelves of that guy! But I never read “everything”. It’s the same for Jünger or Borges, or Faulkner.

  • Keep the pleasure to discover something new from a Master you love.
  • One day it’s maybe to late : you’re dead. Or you’re not interested any more.
  • You sometimes don’t remember if you read this or that. Even better, right?
  • There’s a middle choice : listen or read once, and then wait for years.
  • Years after, you read or listen… another way.
  • Choose an infinite area. Restaurants in Paris for example. Hmmm?

Thanks for reading!

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The Ravel’s Bolero Syndrome : when you know someone from ONE thing only

Some names are well known for only ONE work, one event, one place.

Dorothea Lange is well known for “this” picture only. Maurice Ravel is linked for ever to his Bolero. The city of Agra with the Taj Mahal. The Korgis have a great hit : “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime”. Where’s the rest?

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I call it The Ravel Syndrome. The structure is : “Something is known for ONE thing and the rest is globally ignored”. It’s not necessarily one work, it can be one domain : for example, Chekhov is very well know for his theater, and nobody knows his short stories.

This dial should lead us to take the wheel, think, and explore. Lange probably took other good pictures, Ravel composed a great Daphnis & Chloe and his concertos for piano are fantastic, Agra is full of great other places to visit. The Korgis, well, I don’t knowww (there are pages of lists of “One Hit Singers” on the web)…

There are two lessons to get from this :

  • This flaw could be called “Hit Laziness”. Let’s enter the house and discover the other rooms, why not try to see what the artist has behind his “hit”. Maybe treasures?
  • “Someone is known for ONE thing and the rest is globally ignored” can be very cruel. I think of Monica Lewinsky, which is probably a much more interesting person than this label you just put on her, in your mind. Hmmm?

 

Thanks for reading!

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Chekhov, Fellini and Sisyphus’ lesson : “Slide, mortals, don’t bear down”

Our need of consolation and comfort is huge, but you know, we all have to stand up and go on living. The Sisyphus myth is a great one to help us :

He was punished by gods by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity. Camus, the French philosopher, wrote an entire book about this, as a metaphor of the absurdity of human life, but he wrote also :

“one must imagine Sisyphus happy”

There’s another sentence I like, in French it’s : “Glissez mortels, n’appuyez pas” – “Slide, mortals, don’t bear down”. It’s maybe a way to say “Don’t be so serious”, but also “Taste life as it comes”, or maybe “Smile, whatever happens”, and also “Dance with what you get (the ice), and stop WANTING this or that”. Slide means also : light and fast. Casual ? Oh, you knoooowww, I’m French, so I fancy to add this one too 🙂

It’s so short and great :

“Slide, mortals, don’t bear down”

In Fellini’s movies, it’s the way Mastroianni wanders into life and interact with people. Elegant, but casual too. In Chekhov, it’s a way of saying without really saying “we all fail, that’s life, we do what we can”, maybe we should have, but we did not. In Tennessee William’s work, it’s in the style and the way he constructs stories : he DARES, he’s cool, he’s almost dangerous. I found it also in the way you can examine some complex Art pieces, from opera to modern music : if you’re too serious, you’re bored. Have a drink, smile and maybe add a little frenchiness to it. Slide, mortals, don’t bear down…

Tool : Find yours. It’s an elegant way to be there without being there really. A casualness, a lightness, a way to smile, a way to dare, also, a way to say “no” to be totally serious. This is not THAT important…

In a way, Sisyphus tells many things : smile, breathe, dance, adapt, be flexible, listen, stand up, be a dolphin. And get up and push and roll your rock up. Move forward too.

Sorry for my English, good people. If you find strong mistakes, just let me know, OK ?

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