Friday, December 20, 2002

It's been fairly easy the past month to be productive and creative when the sun is shining and the temperature has been around 70° F (21° C). Just about ready to start mailing out the Caelum Moor CDs. And the trance album is coming together conceptually. Hopefully it will be completed by spring. What with a newer/faster computer and a renewed source of energy, I'm looking forward to this next project as well as to those beyond.

Stephen and I went to a preview of Pedro Almodóvar's Hable con ella (Speak to Her) last night at the Inwood Theatre. My favorite line was when Lydia the bullfighter says to Marco, "Take me to Madrid, and I'll talk to you on the way." This film was much more like a Krzysztof Kieslowski film; in fact, with the pairing/doubling of the characters, I was often reminded of Kieslowski's Heaven. But obviously the Spanish writer/director has a better sense of humor than his Polish counterpart had. The music was wonderful, though not anywhere as eloquent as the soundtrack to Frida. Hearing the ballet mistress speak of the Polish composer Penderecki was refreshing since I believe he's not appreciated nearly enough, particularly by other artists. Finally, the ballets made me miss living in Central Europe, where I could most nights of the weeks watch great and thought-provoking performances with an appreciative and engaged audience.

Just think, if every politician who said something stupid would step down, America would have no leaders....