Gert-Jan [Blom] ...
sent a CD in the post: The Langley Schools Music
Project's 'Innocence And Despair'. This is a CD of school children,
USA, singing cover versions of songs like 'Good Vibrations',
and 'Desperado' etc. There 21 songs included, and it was recorded
1976-77 and devised by their music teacher, Hans Fenger. The
describe the process. HF became a music teacher because he needed
his family. He went to university, passed his teaching certificate
teaching. He admits he wasn't experienced in any way, but the
this CD tell me that his in-experience meant he had to fall back
on what he
knew at that moment in time: pop music of the period. The arrangements,
which consist of massed choir, acoustic guitar(s), bass, chimes,
electric guitar, piano and other assorted percussion, were a
me. There is an enthusiasm there which one often hears when listening
children's choirs. Perhaps more so. I was knocked out! 'Space
fantastic. Here are children ENJOYING and EXPERIENCING music.
No ties with
the business world; no ties with career; no ties with process
of any kind. A
natural experience. It did me good. Gert-Jan simply wrote on
'Please find enclosed a CD that was recently released on the
label I work
for. I thought maybe you might enjoy this...' . I did, and thank
sending it. It also struck me that is the polar opposite to the
I wrote on yesterday's Diary, and that it should arrive when
it did was, in
a strange way, synchronistic. Gert-Jan's CD is the 'Song of Innocence'
the 'Songs of Experience' I was mentioning. You can't have one
other, and William Blake knew this very well. Interestingly,
postcard had the painting by Blake called 'Newton' on the front.
Newton's ideas because they opposed the world of 'imagination'
by Jesus for Blake). Newton stood for the rational world.