So Buzz is sitting here, listening to "Life Without
Christmas" by Giya Kancheli, this piece the Buffalo Philharmonic is
playing at Carnegie Hall next week. It is this kind of haunting piece of
music that Kancheli, who was born in 1935, recalls the cold and
oppressive atmosphere of the Soviet Union, when religion was outlawed.
There is weird scoring. The piece includes an electric bass, and
strings, and piano, and the taped voice of a boy soprano, and, most
impressively, the rumble of Stalin's tanks and machinery.
That rumble sounds most realistic, Buzz thought, listening admiringly.
Then .... oh wait.
It was the construction equipment outside our window! They had a big weight and were boring a pole into the ground.
Wow, this sort of makes the piece complete! Can we record this rumble and add it to our performance at Carnegie Hall? Or, better still, bring along the actual equipment?
After all, as JoAnn Falletta said in Saturday's News: "We aren't taking
just the Buffalo Philharmonic to Carnegie Hall ... we're taking
Unforgettable, this notice for Lance Diamond at Milkie's, the old Elmwood Lounge. Let us cut and paste:
CAN YOU SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT!!!!! THEN COME OUT TO MILKYS ON ELMWOOD THIS SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 27th FOR A PARTY WITH LANCE DIAMOND AND HIS 24K DIAMOND BAND. 522 ELMWOOD AVE, BUFFALO NY . AND REMEMBER
LANCE GOES TILL 9 IN THE MORNING. 11pm SHOW TIME, $5.00 at the DOOR....
God love you, Lance, for sticking to that 11 p.m. start time after all these years! One gal we know who used to live in an apartment next door said you could set your clock by what time he went on, and what time he sang "Brick House."