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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 08

Day 8 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that you know all the words to”?

http://youtu.be/jeEobpQMgD4     Philip Glass’s – Knee Play 1 from the Opera Einstein on the Beach

In 1984, the Next Wave Festival showcased the 4.5 hour (without intermission) opera, Einstein on the Beach at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I convinced some friends who had never heard of the Minimalist composer Philip Glass or Director / Set Designer Robert Wilson that it would be well worth the 45.00 ticket for admission. They nor I knew what to expect. But the avant-garde post modern opera / dance theatre did not disappoint. Indeed it was a thrilling, exploratory adventure into some of the most grandest forms of performance and art I had ever seen.

When the 30-Day Song Challenge asked the question: what song do you know all the words to; I came up with Knee Play 1. I really don’t know any words to any song in its entirety. But when you listen to Knee Play 1 you will quickly realize it is all about repeating a set up numbers. I think I can remember that 🙂 So from 1984 and the opening scene from Einstein on the Beach here is Knee Play 1.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

day 07 – a song that reminds you of  a certain event – William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops 1

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to

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2 responses

  1. I knew Phillip Glass would be included somewhere in your Song Challenge. We have a couple disks of Mr. Glass. Some of it I like listening to, some drives me nuts. He’s a talented and creative man…there’s no doubt about that!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  2. Good thing you found one that you remember words to… Keep up the good work.
    E

    June 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

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