L’acqua che tochi de fiumi, è l’ultima di quella che andò, e la prima di quelle che viene; così il tempo presente. La vita bene spesa lunga è.
Leonardo da Vinci, Note 1174
here’s my translation [eager for improvements from my Italian-speaking friends]
The water you touch in a river
is the last that has passed
and the first that is coming;
so with the present moment.
The well-spent life is long.
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Posted by Eve in Music, tags: Music
I’m posting a couple of versions of this first piece I’ve made since embarking on the River Trip. It’s called “I am really a very simple person.” I’m not entirely sure where it came from, but I’m really glad it showed up!
I made the keyboard version in early January. It goes like this:
And now I’ve made a sort of shape-note choral version by overdubbing myself singing all the parts. It goes like this:
While I like things about each version, I feel like perhaps the piece has something more to say that I’m not quite grasping with either of these recordings. So I am really open to finding out what you are hearing in the piece; perhaps your comments will help me clarify where it wants to go.
If you’re a musician and want to play with the piece yourself, you can download a draft score here.
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Internet access has been down here at Montalvo for more than a week, a kind of trippy thing to happen in the middle of the Silicon Valley, you gotta admit(!), so I’ve been remiss in telling you that my Stanford show has been moved to 12 March, and there will also be a show at Montalvo on 26 March. I’ll have more information about these shows as we get closer to the dates, and I’ll definitely keep you posted here.
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