Just a quick link to some really great tumblr sets…Samm Bennett grouped together some amazing photos of musicians from all over the world; mostly early 20th century, but a few older (and newer!) ones mixed in. Now that the end of my MLIS degree is on the horizon (okay, still very distant, but it’s there! visible!) I’m toying more and more with another degree in musicology or ethnomusicology. But for now, the links to the photo sets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flapjax_at_midnite/galleries/72157622284815163/#photo_2746975078
P.S. I leave for MLA tomorrow! More on that soon…
Now I just need to “brush up” (aka re-learn) my Spanish…
Ah, Wednesday—best day of the week, aside from Friday. Once you get over this hump, you’re almost all set!
Last Friday night, I went to the Institute of Contemporary Art (that’d be the ICA) to see in vain, a piece by Georg Freidrich Haas. I didn’t know what to expect, other than some interesting light-work. One thing I love about contemporary music is its power to make you think; it’s a completely different stream of thoughts than a classical-era symphony. The instrumentation was interesting: fairly string heavy, but with the inclusion of an accordion! I’m not sure if Haas intentionally wrote the accordion to be so prominent, but I kept finding myself drawn to that sound. Regardless, the piece was interesting: jarring, provocative, soothing at times…all those juxtapositions that contemporary music can be. The program notes (provided by the performing group, Sound Icon of Boston) emphasizes that this musical experience “…grows and re-circulates and gradually acquires new meaning in which light and dark become like sound and silence.” The use of light was powerful—I almost never actively listen to music in the dark. In doing a further research on Haas, I found an interesting article from Alex Ross (found here: http://www.therestisnoise.com/2010/11/georg-friedrich-haas.html). But I like that he mentions the piece has “extreme demands on players and the audience,” so much so that the audience was forced to sign a waiver so the venue wouldn’t be legally responsible. I guess it was because Haas explicitly asked all the lights in the venue to be dimmed, even the emergency ones; but it almost seem like the venue didn’t want to be responsible for the aftermath of the piece–the thoughts or premonitions one had after leaving the concert. Regardless, all live music is exhilarating and really wakes me up. Sometimes it wakes up my mind, my body, my heart…I always want to hear more!
I’m taking a class on international and comparative libraries, which has been really eye opening and informative so far. I love travelling and libraries, so the option of combining the two would be ideal! IREX stands for the International Research and Exchanges Board and is basically an organization that provides funding for various projects around the world that support/improve education, independent media and community development. They have one project, the Global Libraries Initiative [http://irex.ua/en/internet], that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund. The Global Libraries project provides internet access, computer stations and librarian training to 1,000 libraries all over the Ukraine. This program provides invaluable services and resources to Ukrainians and is also training librarians so they can better serve their communities. It’s truly a win-win situation. Anyways, this video is the story of one woman who benefited from the program. I think it’s really inspiring and indicative of how powerful libraries and information can be.
My first post on my new blog! Always an exciting moment. I’m waiting for my collection development/management class to begin: so far, it’s been interesting and informative. I also hadn’t realized it was a “blended” class (half face-to-face, half online), but that works really well with my schedule. I’m also taking an international and comparative library class (fully online) along with preservation management. Good, interesting stuff all around!
Yesterday I “started” (I didn’t do that much, so I’m not sure it counts) my internship at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. It’s a really great group and reminds me of musical activities I did when I was in middle/high school. Being able to contribute to an organization that provides kids with a great outlet and an opportunity to become better musicians is so rewarding, even if it’s completely behind the scenes and not something people immediately think of. I really hope I can create a library system that will be intuitive, clean and sustainable for the future of BYSO. Having an easy to use library will make rehearsals and performances run much smoother—even if the kids don’t really notice!
I’m hoping to chronicle my semester at Simmons here, as well as my internship with BYSO. I’ll also be posting other interesting links, stories and ideas about libraries, music and music libraries.