The Big Six: a stream-of-consciousness live blog of the famousest violin concerti

So, uh, I’ve got free time now. And with that free time comes wild schemes with which to fill the stretches that were previously occupied with relationshipy things, house-related business, and general non-loneliness. What better way to spend a random Tuesday evening than sitting in a coffee shop and listening to three hours of violin concerti? Going to the gym and focusing on personal development? I mean, yeah, but no. Here we go. Six concertos. Six classic violinists. 1/2 of six hours.

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Sports, drugs, and rock n’ roll: injecting, snorting, and smoking your way to awesomeness

Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles currently leads Major League Baseball in home runs with 37. He is roughly on pace to hit 62 home runs this season, which would eclipse the total of 61 that former Yankee Roger Maris put up in 1961. This shouldn’t mean anything, and yet many people still cling to the illusory notion that it does. Continue reading

The wonderful world of dynamic contrast OR Why my friends and neighbors harbor a secret resentment towards me

Classical music, in a way that separates itself from quite literally every other genre of music known to man, relies on dynamic contrast for a good dose of its greatness. There’s some cool quiet bits on Dark Side of the Moon or whatever, but it’s not really a significant contribution to what makes that album amazing. The best song on that album, at least in my opinion, is “Brain Damage,” it’s essentially the same volume the entire time, and it’s rad as hell. But imagine, say, the transition from the scherzo to the finale in Beethoven 5 being one dynamic. It’s ridiculously well-written, so it’s not like it would be terrible, but a whole lot of what makes it great is the crescendo that brings the whole orchestra in like a freight train. Continue reading