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Saturday, October 29, 2011


national public radio.
    Brain washing seems to be the agenda at our local NPR because every other statement is NPR or KBIA, repeated at least twice or three times in one sentence.
   It is a very informative station filled with little facts that make topics interesting. There are biologies of composers and or musicians as well as some historic annecdotes about era when the piece was written, and the announcers genuine interest and appreciation of the work. Not what you hear on contemporary music stations.
And of course the demeanor is much quieter or softer, there for the most part, are no screaming commercials, except last week for some young peoples concert that for some reason had to be shouted to be heard. But for the most part it is a thoughtful vocal discourse.
Friday and Saturday nights are Jazz nights with a feed from somewhere in Colorado I think, and again there is dialogue about every work that is played and jazz performance announcements for the whole country which is kinda cool. It lets you segue to all the jazz clubs you've visited, reminding you what it was like to listen to live music. It is not in fact, music to fall asleep with, that happens during the rest of the week when the classics are played either with historic performances or the newest lastest masters playing, and being interviewed. Kinda reminiscent of the radio of the fifties and sixties with the story tellers, feeding the mind with tapestries that spark the immagination.
So yes, there is much to praise on NPR,NPR,NPR,KBIA,KBIA,KBIA.
If you have problems sleeping and own a headset for a radio, it is the perfect sleeping pill. WIth the volume set a little bit lower so the voice of the announcer does not start you awake after a piece is played. While the concert or piece is being played focus on one instrument and follow the musicians effort sliding the bow on the violin or the saxaphone blowing the notes, or if you are fortunate and the piece at times features the xylophone you can follow every strike either soft or strong. You can try it without a headset but it is not really focused enough to distract one to sleep.
Then when sufficiently rested you become informed immediately about the days news. Today I woke up learning that the Klitchko brothers have both have doctorates and that towns on the east coast will either get a dusting of the first snow or up to ten inches with a nor'easter. Good for coctail conversation.
Also, for conversation memory I was informed that the Prince of Wales valet irons the Princes shoe laces.
They, NPR,KBIA and the NPR feeds, do not play a lot of the old masters. I have not hear Heifitz, Casals, Armstrong, Krupa, Stokowski, Van Cliburn, Toscanini et al. The new artists are great, many today share their love of their instruments and the music they make but few have the interpretation of passion as "the post war musicians" and the younger audience of today could use a lesson in the art of expressing passion positively, it is a liberating travel that frees the feelings into a peak of perfection, and it doesn't cost anything.
NPR, KBIA maybe doesn't have the library or is fueled by so much youth that they are not exposed to the historic musical performances.
Quantas grounded it's entire fleet today until the unions negotiate a deal.
What is also lacking is the universal exposure, no Japanese music, or Chinese or Indian. One of the announcers prefers Irish music though. It would be nice to hear some Iraqui, or Native American classics. It seems reasonable to have a national station which would introduce the nation to all the nationalities appreciation for musical expression. Did they ever hear of the Harmonicats, or Ravi Shankar, two more masters with historical significance.
NPR,KBIA is the best here and it could be better, it is a young youthful audience that it is playing for and the kids are missing the creme de la creme.
The drone of the offensive, like the old fashioned broken record and image of brainwashing that changes the flavor and mood with the connection in real time.

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