Sunday Serendipity

I ran across this work by JS Bach last month. The intro was so beautiful that I had to save it for later. Well, this is later.

Some background and explanation from the comment section of the video:

Bach’s Kunst der Fuge is shrouded in mystery. We don’t know whether Bach intended the music as material for practice or performance. The order of the 18 sections is unclear as well and we don’t know whether the piece was ever completed. Shunske Sato made his own instrumentation for the Netherlands Bach Society. “I wanted to bring out the many colours of the work and of my ensemble. Every fugue has its own character. On the basis of the rhythm, time and chromatic lines, etc., you can determine which instrument is most suitable. I’ve studied each part very carefully, in order to decide which instruments are best to use. I wanted the whole Netherlands Bach Society to be heard, so the singers are taking part as well. They sing without words, to vowel sounds. When you introduce singers to the Art of Fugue, you can hardly ignore the example of the Swingle Singers. The sung Contrapunctus 9 is intended as a tribute to their great recording.”

Enjoy, Jack


24 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. they’re baaaaccckk!

    Fox Sports hosts (Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, James Austin Johnson, Devon Walker, Molly Kearney) interview Rep. George Santos (Bowen Yang).

  2. more santos jokes

    Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Biden and Trump’s classified document scandals.

  3. ‘I hope this triggers outrage’: surprise Brett Kavanaugh documentary premieres at Sundance | Sundance 2023 | The Guardian

    A secretly made documentary expanding on allegations of sexual assault against supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh has premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival.
    Justice, a last-minute addition to the schedule, aims to shine a light not only on the women who have accused Kavanaugh, a Donald Trump nominee, but also the failed FBI investigation into the allegations.
    The film provides a timeline of the allegations, initially that Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault when she was 15 and he 17. She alleged that he held her down on a bed and groped her, and tried to rip her clothes off before she got away. Kavanaugh was also accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez, who alleged that he exposed himself and thrust his penis at her face without her consent at a college party.
    Kavanaugh denies the allegations. He turned down requests to take part in the documentary.
    The first scene features Ford, half off-camera, interviewed by the film’s director Doug Liman, whose credits include Mr and Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity. Justice features a number of interviews with journalists, lawyers, psychologists and those who knew Ford and Ramirez.
    “This was the kind of movie where people are terrified,” Liman said. “The people that chose to participate in the movie are heroes.”
    In the film, Ramirez, who previously told her story to Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker, also shares her story on-camera. Ramirez is referred to as someone “they worked hard for people not to know”, her story never given the space it deserved until long after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court in October 2018.
    Ramirez’s lawyers claim they contacted Republican senator Jeff Flake, who was involved in Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, to explain what happened to her. The next day Flake called to delay the confirmation and insist on a week-long FBI investigation.
    But the film details how the FBI failed to call on the many witnesses recommended by Ramirez’s lawyers. Footage is shown of the film-makers meeting with a confidential source who plays tape of Kavanaugh’s classmate Max Stier, now a prominent figure in Washington running a non-profit, who allegedly witnessed Kavanaugh involved in a similar act of alleged drunken exposure with a female student at a dorm party at Yale. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous and this is the first time this recording has been heard.
    Justice was made in secrecy over the last year, with NDAs signed by everyone involved. The project was self-funded by Liman, making his documentary debut. He told the Hollywood Reporter that the supreme court holds “special meaning” to him, his father having been a lawyer and activist and his brother a federal judge. He was frustrated by the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh that “never happened”, and sought the help of renowned documentary producers Liz Garbus and Herdy, both with specialised experience of films about sexual assault allegations, to do the work that he saw as unfinished, if barely started at all.
    At the Q&A, he expressed the importance of secrecy, speaking about “the machinery that’s put into place against anyone who dared to speak up” and an awareness that this machinery would be turned on the film if it was made public.
    “There would have been some kind of injunction,” he said. “This film wouldn’t have been showing here.”


  4. maher’s back

    Bill kicks off Real Time’s 21 season with jokes about the latest crypto crunch, giant squid sightings and Kevin McCarthy’s ballot debacle.


    his take on george/anthony/kitara (aka congressman)

    Bill reveals how Congressman George Santos “pinocchioed” his way into power: by preying on America’s obsession with identity politics.


  5. Jamie… sorry to read you’re in the hospital…  get better soon!
    CBob’s little sister….  thanks for letting us know about him.  All the best to you and CBob!

  6. Gong hei fat choy
    I missed this, Today is the lunar New Year. 
    The year of the rabbit


  7. jack – Thanks! I love Flower Drum Song. 

    I know it’s hard to know what to say, but I believe the intention was for Bob’s sister to be able print out email messages to take to him. 

    Jamie – I emailed Bob for you, as requested. I hope you are in the mend.

  8. i’ve already said everything worth saying to Bob and you all, but if he has any last words of wisdom or requests, he knows where to find me
    Otherwise, i will continue keeping my shiny side up and my chinstrap buckled

  9. Sorry to break the evening – who/what the hell is diamond or spice?  What are they? Rap group or something else?  I am guessing they are repubs of some kind.  But – what?  I don’t get anything usable when I do a search other than the mineral or the condiments.

  10. The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”

  11. Diamond and Silk were two black ladies who I think were mainly on Fox and did republican commentary, complete with anti-vax views.   Diamond apparently recently became deceased from Covid, another example of people who gave their life for trumpism.  

  12. The funny part about Rhonda Santis is how he actually thinks all this acting like an asshole is going to get him somewhere.  He’s already peaked and will soon be nothing but a vague and distasteful memory.  Dime-a-dozen drugstore asshole. 

  13. Sturgone – NS! I suppose my lack of knowledge might be a badge of pride (of some kind).  I am thinking that the frwnj are so far off that they don’t even show up in the pages of the newspapers, Washington Post, Capitol Gazette (Annapolis), Baltimore Sun, LA Times, NY Times, SF Chronical and a few others, which I would see.  My guess is that the obituary would have been highly touted on faux snooze though. For which I would never have seen it.
    The more I think about this, the more I am shocked that the far right has worked themselves off the screen so much.

  14. Tweet:
    Local Fayetteville, NC paper reports just over 150 people attended the memorial service for Diamond headlined by Trump. The building they rented seats 2,400, and the live feed didn’t show the audience.

  15. There is video of the memorial service on the twitter which shows the stump sitting there on the stage while Silk “sings” in tribute to him and god and Diamond.  This video is worth my weight in gold.  

    Well I’m not sure of the singer’s identity, but whomever: it’s priceless film footage.


    “In the wild, when they want to depopulate and sterilize a large group of animals, they usually inject one animal, and that one animal infect the rest of the animals,’ Silk said, suggesting, without evidence, that the COVID-19 vaccine creates harm.”

    So now we, the vaccinated, are infecting the unvaccinated and causing them to drop dead? Hmmm, that sounds like another reason to actually get vaccinated, even though the premise is ridiculous.

    “Silk followed the anti-vax rhetoric with a detailed retelling of the final moments her sister, 51, spoke to her.

    ‘She said to me, ‘I can’t breathe.’ It was something out of nowhere, and no warning. Each breath was less, and less, and less,’ she explains to the crowd.”

    “Silk has repeatedly denied on Twitter that her sister died from COVID-19. Diamond’s cause of death remains unclear.”

    “The right-wing tribute to Diamond took a turn however as prominent anti-vaxxer and Diamond’s sister Silk took the stage – questioning whether Americans are being poisoned spurring Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to demand an investigation into the COVID vaccine.”

    Wow, the funeral sounds like it was more of a meeting for conspiracy theorists. She would probably have liked that.

    “…Silk paid homage to the former U.S. president remembering the close relationship the three shared going as far as to say that he ‘treated us just like the other children – Eric, Don Jr, Tiffany.’

    “Trump followed the radical speech, throwing his support behind Silk, whom he admitted he had ‘just learned about’ despite meeting her on several occasions with her sister Diamond.”

    “Pictures of the three together have resurfaced, showing Trump with the duo at the White House on several occasions and on the campaign trail with Trump.”

    Ah, from his list of classics. He didn’t know her. She might have gotten coffee for him once. Same goes for his kids. Never met ‘em.

    Republican North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson;
    ‘The news media right now has paid little to no attention to her passing. We all know what the news media is. It is the most evil devil in America.’

    ~Oooh, the evils of the free press~

    ‘To the Hoke County Sheriff’s department, you have a rotten apple in the bunch,’ Silk said.

    ‘While the body is still warm on the kitchen floor, you don’t overstep the next of kin then try and barge into my home, that I pay the bills for, illegally, with no warrant, to retrieve my sister’s dead body.’

    Wow. Just, wow.


    “The state party began airing a radio ad that takes Phelan to task for allowing Democrats to continue chairing House committees, a longtime tradition that a small faction of House Republicans sought to end last week as the chamber crafted its rules package. But Phelan and his allies outmaneuvered them, preventing the issue — a state GOP priority — from even reaching a floor vote.”

    “Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, tweeted a screenshot of a recent fundraising email from the Texas GOP and wrote, “Wow! [Texas GOP]’s hypocrisy knows no boundaries! They are fundraising off the passage of the Heartbeat and Trigger Bills — to fund their attacks on the Speaker who helped make them law!”

    In Texas, they eat their own.

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