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02 September 2015 @ 11:41 pm
I thought I was going to come home last night and pay bills, hang out with our kids, catch up on sleep. Instead, I got tagged to start the first round of runthecon, so I stayed up late writing and posting a story! Great prompt, though—it gave me a very clear idea right away.

Our daughter had two wisdom teeth pulled yesterday, so she's feeling a little out of it and more sociable than usual. Swollen jaw, but not too much pain. Our son had four wisdom teeth removed about three weeks ago, and I can't believe I didn't mention it. He was miserable the first day, and kept complaining that the painkillers were worthless. Then, along about bedtime:

"I just realized, I mixed up the antiobitics and the pain pills."

I've been teasing him about his Wild West pain-management techniques ever since. ;)

At work today, somebody unpacked something that involved styrofoam molding. I could not get the earbuds in fast enough—the screeching of styrofoam is to me what fingernails-on-the-blackboard is to other people. Yikes! As a result, though, I spent much of the day listening to various Khachaturian recordings. I love the violin concerto, and the lush, unusual chords and eastern melodies. Khachaturian was the only well-known Armenian classical composer, and there is a distinct sound to his music that is wonderfully different from the Russians, the Czechs, and the Hungarians.

On a side note, I do not see how the car wash guy on Breaking Bad is not Armenian (those eyebrows!). Imdb.com says the actor is Romanian, though, like the character (and those appear to be his actual eyebrows!) Still...

And in a final random note, our family movie this week was Mockingjay, Part I, and let me just say... I found that book to be the least interesting one in the trilogy, so why in the hell would you want to stretch it into two parts? Also? We now definitively know whether Jennifer Lawrence can make dolphin noises.

All right, it's getting late again. Off to bed.

elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on September 3rd, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Khachaturian was the only well-known Armenian classical composer, and there is a distinct sound to his music that is wonderfully different from the Russians, the Czechs, and the Hungarians.

You should definitely listen to Alan Hovhaness, who is Armenian-American, and has been called a "self-consciously Armenian composer".

His music is - like Khachaturian - completely different from other Slavic artists, lyrical and dramatic without the studied sweetness that I find so cloying in other mid-20th century composers.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 3rd, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
I have listened to Hovhaness before, though his music doesn't grab me the way Khachaturian's does. Maybe I should re-listen?

The early-mid 20th-century composers are my favorite. The combination of neo-Romanticism and Impressionism with more complex chords and dissonance really grabs me. Ravel of course, but mainly Stravinsky, Bartok, Kodaly, Janacek, some Martinu, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Khachaturian. Wonder if I'm leaving anyone out? \o?
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on September 3rd, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
Sebelius? (Although he's not Slavic)

Elgar? Delius? Holst? (Again, not Slavic)

Dvorak? Greig? Rachmaninoff?

A little early, but certainly Impressionist, Debussey?

And do give Hovhaness another listen to - Prayer of St. Gregory and Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places are gorgeous, complex, lyrical and very unique.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on September 3rd, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
Debussy, I thought about, yes. I like him very much-- but I love Ravel.

I enjoy the others too, but Sibelius/Delius/Dvorak/Grieg tend to be more strictly Romantic than that early-20th-century era of the others I mentioned. Love Sibelius!

Elgar is "meh" to me, and apart from The Planets, so is Holst. I prefer Vaughan Williams to both. Rachmaninoff... urgh. Very mixed feelings about him. Mostly, I don't love him. Prokofiev and Shostakovich, yes, but Rachmaninoff, no.

I'll see if I can track those Hovhaness pieces down. I remember not having much of an impression of him before, whereas Khachaturian really grabs me right away.

I was a music major in college, and worked in classical music radio for years, so it's not for lack of exposure in most cases. Just personal taste!
Direst Ryl: Airmidryl on September 3rd, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
When I had my wisdom teeth out I misread the post-surgery instructions and thought I was supposed to drink the salt water instead of rinse with it. I didn't figure it out until the third day after I had them out. I blame the phenergan.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 3rd, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ewwww! Boy, I'll bet that didn't make you feel very good, on top of everything else that was happening.

My son has only the pain as an excuse, since he apparently never took the initial painkiller. It was pretty intense by the end of the day. :(
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on September 3rd, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks about all the information about the various composers. I listen to the local classical station [KUSC, 91.5] and enjoy the tidbits the DJs tell about the music and composers.

There is a web based station [Hearts of Space.com] that plays New Age with a themed free program on Sundays.

I remember having my wisdom teeth pulled and spending most of the weekend sleeping. I hope that everything goes well as they recover.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
I think I remember an NPR "Hearts of Space" from back near my college days. I wonder if this is an extension?

I saw that you had food-poisoning yesterday, which is just awful. Hope you're feeling better soon!
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on September 4th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC)
It was first broadcast as Music from the Hearts of Space, a three-hour long late-night show on KPFA in Berkeley, California in 1973 and became a one hour show in 1983.

Thanks for the sympathy. I have celiac disease [an allergy to wheat, rye and barley]. Unfortunately the cream sauce that I ate Tuesday used wheat gluten as a thickener. I need to be more careful.