SPACE ODDITY

“He only came to Earth to tour”

Artemis remains on hold. Right now, 14:48 MDT, NASA press conference is in progress and it seems likely it will be mid-October before this critter has another complete and appropriate shot at getting off the ground into space. I’ll stay in touch and update my site as we set, once again.

Eideard

War Pigs

Want to know what this was all about – STILL IS all about? Watch the documentary about BLACK SABBATH’s hit album, PARANOID. That’s what it had to be named to get the American producer$ on board and releasing it in the states.

Ozzie and the band called the album WAR PIGS. In case you ever forgot the VietNam War, bubba.

Erik Satie: Gnossienne No. 1, glass harp

The glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin. He used to play Scottish airs on it along with his wife Debbie on her violin. His original glass armonica is in the museum in Philadelphia. The instrument has rows of glasses that turn on a trundle you spin with your foot.

The more traditional means of recreating “glass” music is up top with a rendition of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1 on a glass harp.

And what brought this on? I have been an avid reader since childhood. Among a few other similar providers of literature, new and old, my parents belonged to a service called (as I recall) the Detective Book Club.

At present, I’m indulging my pleasure at bingeing TV mystery series – returning to the prequels to “Inspector Morse” – Morse’s early years on the police force in Oxford prior to achieving the rank of Inspector. This evening, I watched Season 4, Episode 1 of “Endeavor” – entitled “Game”.

The introduction to the episode rolled out with a musician playing a version of the glass harmonica built of glass tubes. Same concept, same sound, as Franklin’s original. He played Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 (which I’ve always known as Gymnopédie No.1.)