The story uses third-person narration and tells the story of Victor, a self-conscious man for whom "music he did not know... could be likened to the patter of a conversation in a strange tongue." When Victor arrives at a party, he finds the other guests listening with varying degrees of engagement to a man named Wolfe play the piano. As Victor does not know the song being played, he loses interest. He catches a glimpse of his ex-wife at the party, but cannot look at her. He laments the fact that now he must "start all over" the long task of forgetting her (in a flashback, it's revealed that she left him for another, who may or may not be at the party). Throughout the entire story, Victor views the music as a structure that has him encaged in an awkward situation with his ex-wife; it had seemed to him "a narrow dungeon" until it ends, thus giving his ex-wife the opportunity to leave, which she does. Victor then realizes that the music was not a dungeon, but actually "incredible bliss, a magic glass dome that had embraced and imprisoned him and her," and which allowed him to "breathe the same air as she." After she leaves, another party-goer comments to Victor that he looked immune to the music and that he didn't think such a thing possible. His own inanity is revealed when Victor asks him what was played and he cannot tell whether it was Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata or Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska's rather easy piece, Maiden's Prayer.
The song was thought of by Sermon after buying a copy of Gaye's Midnight Love and the Sexual Healing Sessions album, which overlook some of the original album's earlier mixes. After listening to an outtake of Gaye's 1982 album track, "Turn On Some Music" (titled "I've Got My Music" in its initial version), Sermon decided to mix the vocals (done in a cappella) and add it into his own song. The result was similar to Natalie Cole's interpolation of her father, jazz great Nat "King" Cole's hit, "Unforgettable" revisioned as a duet. The hip hop and soul duet featuring the two veteran performers was released as the leading song of the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence & Danny DeVito comedy, "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" The song became a runaway success rising to #2 on Billboard's R&B chart and was #1 on the rap charts. It also registered at #21 pop giving Sermon his highest-charted single on the pop charts as a solo artist and giving Gaye his first posthumous hit in 10 years following 1991's R&B-charted single, "My Last Chance" also bringing Gaye his 41st top 40 pop hit. There is also a version that's played on Adult R&B stations that removes Erick Sermon's rap verses. The song was featured in the 2011 Matthew McConaughey film The Lincoln Lawyer.
Boats of all sizes, relics from the Civil War and an eloquent Broadway musical are among the entertainment highlights this weekend ... The opening reception, with music by guitarist Adam Stone, is 5-8 p.m ... MUSIC ... Other programs in the monthlong series include a lecture on hip-hop, a movie night and a finale with music and games.
20 to lecture with nationally-prominent composer David Biedenbender about the emotional impact of poetry and music ... the emotional impact of poetry and music.Inspired by Fanning’s recent poem “InfinityRoom,” Biedenbender composed “in a field of stars,” a new 7-movement piece.
WISE — UVAWise will host a series of lectures and the Soulfest music festival in observance of Black History Month in February ... Members of the UVA Wise Lecture Committee and student interns with the college’s Multicultural Center also helped plan and organize this year’s series of five lectures ... Lectures will include..
WISE – UVAWise will host a series of lectures and the Soulfest music festival in observance of Black History Month in February ... Members of the UVA Wise Lecture Committee and student interns with the College’s Multicultural Center also helped plan and organize this year’s series of five lectures throughout the month ... Lectures include..
One definition of music, without heaving into a lecture, is “organised sound” ... Byrne’s usual epithet is that he spends most of his time “playing either very old or very new music”, combining his expertise on the baroque stringed instrument with hi-tech electronics.
(JTA) — An event that took place at a Virginia university Thursday night to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day was scheduled to feature lectures about the legacies of Auschwitz and the intersection between white supremacy and antisemitism. There was also a planned recitation of a poem and a musical performance.