Friday, March 21, 2008

March 21 - Behold, I Tell You a Great Mystery

Mysteries mounting up on this definitely, paradoxically Good Friday --


plowing through, and finishing the Chronicle section of the April 2008 21st-Century Music ( / and beginning

Vocal Sonatina No. 2 ("Vatsyayana"): II. About a Wife.

Get carried away, and it's almost dark when passing The Cowboy Vintner, or shall we say,

as Li Po and

Harry Partch, Before the Cask of Wine

The spring wind comes from the east and quickly passes,
Leaving faint ripples in the wine of the golden bowl.
The flowers fall, flake after flake, myriads together.
You pretty girl, wine-flushed
Your rosy face is rosier still.
How long may the peach and plum trees flower
By the green-painted house?
The fleeting light deceives man,
Brings soon the stumbling age.
Rise and dance
In the westering sun,
While the urge of youthful years is yet unsubdued!
What avails to lament after one's hair has turned white like silken threads?

Seems appropriate verse in the beautifully failing light

at the edge of the suburbs

where Castle Peak is framed by dark verge.

Like the hours between 12 and 3 in the old story,

via the stations of the crossed power lines dolorosa illuminescent,

we watch the dying away of visibility in dark palm

and deciduous n'

live oaks

and houses

and portals

and portals of houses.

There's nothing for it; fallen into shadow of barbed wire

in crosshairs of tail-lights and moon.

Back in residence, finish About a Wife -- bitonal, with vocal melody black-note anhemitonic pentatonic from Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite: III. Princess of the Pagodas, of all notions; accompaniment C mixolydian with e mixolydian midsection on Muzio Clementi Sonatina No. 2: II with the faintest aura of tabla troped on Mice and Men: Act III, God almighty, that dog stinks and a breath of Carl Orff Carmina Burana love song (the chromatic descending oboe and children's chorus).

Lyrics, severely abbreviated from Book IV of the Kama Sutra

Virtuous women
Who have affection
Revere the Household Gods

Should avoid company
Beggars and mendicants
Unchaste and
Roguish and
And witches

Wives whether they be
Noble born or remarried
Aquire the Dharma Artha Kama
And generally keep their husbands happy