Tag Archives: Love

Music We Like: O Superman

20 Nov

Laurie Anderson

O Superman. O Judge …

We first heard Laurie Anderson’s O Superman  while in our car. Arriving at our destination, we were unable to leave the vehicle, spellbound by the sounds coming from our radio. Not knowing who created this haunting, ethereal work, we asked all our friends and acquaintances until the artsy guy at work identified the musician as Laurie Anderson.  We headed to the record store first chance we got and found it on Anderson’s Big Science album.  The work did not disappoint. We invited our elder sibling over, and upon hearing it, he summoned his friends to our abode.  We have heard O Superman (For Massenet) (the full title) many times since those halcyon days, and it never fails to move us.

We don’t know if you’ll like it as much as we do, but here is a link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VIqA3i2zQw The work is at once haunting, funny, and ominous. How often do you get a combination like that?

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If Shakespeare had been a Java Programmer…

18 Oct

class shakespeare {

public static void main(String[] args) {

try {
String musicBeTheFoodOfLove = new String(args[0]);
if (Boolean.parseBoolean(musicBeTheFoodOfLove)) {
playOn();
}
}
catch (Exception e) {
System.out.println(“Usage: shakespeare <a string value>”);
} // end catch

finally {System.exit(0);}
} // end main;

static void playOn() {
for (int i=1; i < 4; i++) {
System.out.println("Play On!");
}
}
}

command line output

True Love

5 Oct

“True Love” is a term that really doesn’t mean anything.  Its exact meaning is imprecise, but it often connotes love that is simply meant to be, love that cannot be denied, love that will transcend all attempts to keep the lovers apart.  If a relationship lasts 50 years or so, we might say “it was true love that made their marriage last.”  OK, but what if we dropped the word “true” and simply said “love made their marriage last.”  Or how about if we got really honest and said something like “During their 50 years of marriage, they knew good times and really hard times.  Sometimes they drove each other crazy.  Sometimes they fought like cats and dogs.  But they had enough maturity, enough tenacity, and enough wisdom to know that they could resolve their issues and stay together.”  That lacks the heady quality of “true love”, but in our humble opinion, it’s ultimately a lot more satisfying.