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Saturday morning quotes 3.18: Nobody’s perfect

September 14, 2013

“At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightfull conversation, but as moales for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.”

– John Donne (c. 1572 – 1631)

Does this blog seem to present an unusual point of view?  Ever wonder what sort of people would bother to research and share such arcane subject matter?  How do they manage to post at least something of interest each and every Saturday? And, more to the point, Why?  The short answer is that we are doing our bit to “contribute something to the sustenation of the the whole.”

Featuring the transparent format of voice and lute, we perform (mostly) historical music that offers a sense of introspective calm and quiet beauty in the midst of our frenzied and madly commercial world.  We think people need this sense of connection with the historical past and the opportunity to experience real music that both pleases and moves the listener.

As we approach our 10th anniversary as a duo, we take this opportunity to clue our readers in on few things that may clarify why, against all odds, we persist in performing quiet, intimate and nuanced music for voice and lute, and why we think it matters.  Of course, we are planning a special concert to celebrate the event, to be held in the very same venue as our first performance.  For those who may be interested in the backstory of how two musicians coming from very different musical backgrounds met and merged, we are working on writing that very unusual story with an eye towards publishing the results.

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

– Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

At times, readers may find that our posts seem a bit self-referential.  Guilty. Firstly, we feel strongly that airing our point of view is essential to counter the hyper-commercial world of music, an industry that spends enormous amounts of money to influence what you hear and how you may find it.  This forum not only offers us an opportunity to share ideas and discoveries, it also allows us to point readers to where they might find recorded or printed examples of our work.

To that end, we are pleased to announce that our most recent CD, John Dowland: A Pilgrimes Solace, will be among the music featured on the next airing of  Millennium of Music with host Robert Aubry Davis.  Beginning as Musica Antiqua in 1975, Millennium of Music is the world’s longest running program featuring early music, and is now carried by 297 stations with a total coverage of 87 million listeners.   The program is #13-38: 09/16/13 –John Dowland X 3, and you can find an international list of stations that carry the program here.   We invite you to listen and let us know what you think.

On another note, we operate on such a slim – at times nonexistent – margin that we use the no-cost format for our blog.  Use of this format results in the placement of adverts on or near our blog posts but we aren’t privy as to how, where or what they might be.  If the adverts are distracting or offensive, we apologize and ask that readers please try to focus on the content we offer.  Thank you.

  1. Good job–keep it up. Glad your Dowland record is being recognized.

  2. Erika permalink

    I like your use of the phrase “the opportunity to experience real music”. I was at an early music concert about 3 years ago and I was struck with the thought that the music is “raw” or “naked”. The music making relies entirely on the skills of the composers, instrument makers and performers – a wonderful example of teamwork stretching over centuries. The instruments do not offer the performers anywhere to hide, there are no pedals for soft and loud, there is no electronic amplification and there are certainly no “special effects”. So, for me, the music is very much real music.

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