#40. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers, Moanin’.
Maria Muldaur, Don’t You Feel My Leg.
Pat Metheny with Charlie Haden, Cinema Paradiso.
Paul Desmond, Bossa Antigua.
Joni Mitchell, Summertime. Joni interprets a classic as only she can. Don’t worry. The visual gets better.
Sylvain Luc And Bireli Lagrene, Time After Time.
Monday, 2017 January 30
Max Raphael ‘was not a “dirt archaeologist”, as those who get down on their knees call themselves….Raphael, on the other hand, was an art historian and an intellectual, which meant his ideas were automatically suspect to archaeologists. The archaeologists believe, with some reason, that art historians are ignorant about prehistory…. They study the [cave] paintings as art rather than as evidence to us about the Paleolithic world. Art historians also think they can understand the paintings just by looking at them instead of undersrtanding them in the context of all that is known of the Paleolithic world.’ The Cave Painters, 123-124.
Tuesday, 2017 January 31
Max Raphael believed ‘the painters “were produced in a unique historical situation … [when humans] had just emerged from a purely zoological existence, when instead of being dominated by animals, [they] began to dominate them.’… This assertion–this inspired guess–can never be proved, but it cuts close to the bone. It is another version of the biblical Fall…. For millennium upon millennium, members of the genus Homo sapiens did not see themselves as separate from the other animals. Then, somehow, Homo sapiens acquired forbidden knowledge and came to believe they were somehow distinct from other animals. The paintings express the guilt, the regret, and the triumph that came with the belief in that separation.’ The Cave Painters, 132-133.
Wednesday, 2017 February 1
Modern scholars ‘believe it is impossible for us to know [what the cave paintings mean]. That’s correct, in a way, but for [Annette] Laming-Emperaire studying cave art without searching for its meaning rendered that study, well, meaningless.’ The Cave Painters, 136.
Thursday, 2017 February 2
Not only is it Groundhog Day, it’s World Wetlands Day.
Friday, 2017 February 3
‘Furthermore–and here is where Laming-Emperaire begins to sound like Max Raphael–it’s not just the placement in the cave that is important…. It’s also the placement of figures in relation to one another. The way a group is composed, the superimposition, the way that one animal is placed near or on another, the frequency with which that happens, and the way that signs are placed near animals–all this can lead toward real understanding.’ The Cave Painters, 143.
Saturday, 2017 February 4
Tom Thomson (1877-1917) Petawawa Gorges, 1916. He painted several images at that time. The land, then logged, is barely recognizable now, all treed, as can be compared here. It’s ironic that some of the iconic images that make us fall in love with the land were painted when the land was cleared.
Sunday, 2017 February 5
‘Most important, [Laming-Emperaire] convinced the scholarly world … that Paleolithic art was not “primitive”. Nor did “primitive” people create it. Like Max Raphael, Laming-Emperaire thought that the cave painters lived in a developed society with a long history and a vast mythology that grew from their probing and pondering the world around them.’ The Cave Painters, 145.
reading about arthur rosenfeld (1926-2017), an american physicist called ‘the father of energy conservation‘, whose achievements ‘will outlive the [current] government as it has him’; and the doctrine of discovery, an old law that’s still around, in which ‘title to lands lay with the government whose subjects travelled to and occupied a territory whose inhabitants were not subjects of a european christian monarch’. it has been described as racist. watched hard rock medical and the six wives of henry VIII.