The heat of this summer is thick like soup laced with sweat. I’m grumpy about it. I’m not grumpy about the work that’s happening here like a series of intense mini-explosions, each triggering the next. I’d just rather not sweat while I’m working (fan is off when recording). My fuse is short.
Happily I have this nearby…
I’m reading about, and listening to music written by Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), who was doing his best to change the world with music and art until he died at age 43 (good introductory Guardian article here). He did a great deal of thinking about colour, frequency, and energies, which I love. Here’s a wiki quote,
In his autobiographical Recollections,Sergei Rachmaninoff recorded a conversation he had had with Scriabin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovabout Scriabin’s association of colour and music. Rachmaninoff was surprised to find that Rimsky-Korsakov agreed with Scriabin on associations of musical keys with colors; himself skeptical, Rachmaninoff made the obvious objection that the two composers did not always agree on the colours involved. Both maintained that the key of D major was golden-brown; but Scriabin linked E-flat major with red-purple, while Rimsky-Korsakov favored blue. However, Rimsky-Korsakov protested that a passage in Rachmaninoff’s opera The Miserly Knight accorded with their claim: the scene in which the Old Baron opens treasure chests to reveal gold and jewels glittering in torchlight is written in D major. Scriabin told Rachmaninoff that “your intuition has unconsciously followed the laws whose very existence you have tried to deny.”
How can I not be fascinated? In art school, this was my era – the Symbolists, the Theosophists, the mystics.
If I can get the technology ironed out (please write if you know about high-quality motion-sensored sound systems, bluetooth), I’m aiming for November launch of the #Water tour. I’ve got amazing musicians to work with, all with fascinating minds and beautiful voices. Happy happy me.
Especially at 10:15pm, when it’s cool out.