Probably too many of my recent posts are about upcoming concerts here, but I can’t ignore the fact that it’s a busy month for new music fans.  Tonight is the student composers concert I wrote about last time.  Tomorrow afternoon, Forecast Music will play a program called Brooklyn Sounds: Copland Meets the Moderns, with music by Eric Schwartz, John Corigliano, Timo Andres and Derek Bermel in addition to Aaron Copland.  Click for details.

Coming on Tuesday is the Espina/Browne/Shteinberg Trio, with a program including Kenneth Frazelle’s Winter Turns, György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch and Daniel Weymouth’s Echo Location and Echo, a Trifle.  All of which makes lovely company for the NC premiere of my GPS Lady.  Here’s what I wrote about it for the program notes:

One night, driving a rental car through rural California in search of a music festival, I found myself, at the insistence of my GPS, on a one-way dirt road.  I had already been behind the wheel for a long time, and my ability to focus
was dissolving as the hours became wee.  Unable to resist the cajoling
voice of my positioning system, I continued a ways down this dirt road,
hoping to find some sign of my destination.  Instead, I encountered a
crudely painted board that said COME ANY CLOSER AND I WILL SHOOT.
Needing no further inducement, I put the car in reverse and backed out
the twisty, pitted path, no less in the dark than I was when I began my
journey. Unperturbed, my GPS patiently encouraged me to continue forward,
her soothing voice half persuading me that a quick bullet would be far
preferable to further thrashing through the darkness.

GPS Lady is a love song to technology, a rumination on our sometimes perilous relationships with these maddening and comforting devices — maddening because they can be so witlessly wrong, and comforting because no matter how bad things get, their confidence never wavers.

Much more about the concert here.

One Response to “Never Too Many”
  1. Kyle Gann says:

    Best. Program note. Ever.

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