Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Beef stew and Spike Lee

This little winter storm, with sleet making
hiking or kite-flying pretty hard to do,
got me into a cooking mood. My beef stew--simply cooked with browned beef, potatoes, carrots, bouillon, a bit of tomato soup--is nearly done.
I feel a sense of accomplishment, since I like to cook with a crock pot, but rarely do it anymore.

Rented The Kings of Comedy movie. I don't like every movie he directs, but I'm sure glad we have a director like Spike Lee, who knows to capture moments like these. It's an antidote to the corporate mainstream culture we usually see on TV or at the movies. My own theory is that the internet and improving technologies should make us all capture a broader culture than TV and magazines and movies do. That's what appeals to me about mail art, or ebaying my poetry book.
It's a channel around popular media. Similarly, I begin to mistrust all the folks I've known who have a need to be "writers" or "musicians". Perhaps all artistic expression should be a hobby, not a job. Then we'd see many more people hearing many more amateur chamber concerts, and much less
money being spent on gala symphony halls. There's two sides of the story, but at least I can watch the film (rented, of course, at Blockbuster).

I'm going to write to the ambient artist Diatonis to tell him how much I enjoy his new CD. I found out about it on an internet board at
Really soothing stuff, mostly synth, but multi-instrumental. I believe that CD has number 19 or some such written on it, so it must be a limited issue indeed. The great thing about nowadays is that the littlest artist with a few grand can
do competitive stuff. This, plus the internet,
means the end of record company hegemony.
The path out is not the plagiarists or the
napsterites. The paths out are good old fashioned competing companies, and fans leaving mainstream music behind and finding everything on the 'net.
Tags: ambient, winter

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