The Obligatory First Anniversary Edition

One year ago today I posted my first entry on my Sequenza21 blog and following certain obligatory compulsions I feel a need to write a few reflections on the last year or so.

I remember clearly that earlier in the week before my first post I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Passion According to Andrei” for the first time, which has since proven to be a pivotal moment for me, and a few later I saw Ensemble Kore’sfirst concert of last seasonSoon after that, on Canada’s Thanksgiving I wrote the first notes of Time Fixtures.

Frankly, although I had fun writing a few posts early on — like my early thoughts with spectralism and my happy 80th to Morton Feldman post, which I wrote while Philippe Leroux surrealy checked e-mail in the same room — it wasn’t until I started posting mp3s blogs that I began to really have fun and feel the potential in blogging on contemporary music. If I hadn’t started posting mp3s, I probably wouldn’t have written 53 entries in this last year (a little over the “entry a week” that Jerry consistently asks for in his calls for new bloggers).

Pausing to reflect again, some of the posts that I’ve randomly remember having the most fun writing and/or having been the most revealing to myself are my first mp3 blog (which gave me the great thrill of sharing Xenakis’s out-of-print electroacoustic masterpiece “Bohor”), the blog where I compiled and contextualized a bunch of Grisey quotes, my post on what I understand to be the concept of a temporal crossfade, my first “Magical Resonance of the Piano” post (especially since “The Well Tuned Piano” has become such an important work to me since I first heard it earlier this summer), my first post on Andrei Tarkovsky (even though I’ve only really begun to appreciate Luigi Nono’s music after posting it for the first time), the two emotional contemplations on my new piece “Inner Music” for The Contemporary Keyboard Society (Scraps and A Few Thoughts on Ritual), my confessional letter of betrayal to the Piano, the second Bob Dylan post (which I wrote just after finding new significant meaning in “Visions of Joanna”), and my sad yet non-ironically joyous Ligeti memorial post.

Lastly, to be even a little bit more sentimental, I’d like to thank all my readers (regular, sporadic, and random) since you’re really what keep me doing this. After all, as much as I love listening to music, it’s being able to share it and my thoughts on it that keeps me going. With any luck (especially if I keep planning 20+ posts ahead) by this time next year I hope to have near 150 posts. I hope you’ll keep reading.

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