Podcast: Episode Two - Creation and Catastrophe

this is me... loving nature and not feeling at all chaotic.

this is me... loving nature and not feeling at all chaotic.

1. Musical:

Creation Oratorio - Joseph Haydn (1797-98)

(I picked this version at the recommendation of my composer brother (Joel) and because Bernstein is conducting)

About the composer:

Joseph Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. He's known as the father of the symphony and the string quartet. He was a mentor of both Beethoven and Mozart. My resident compositional expert Joel says the following about Haydyn...

Within classical music of the 18th century his emotional palette is rich and highly developed. He masterfully wields all kinds of tonal textures even while working within the classical norms.

For a more extensive biography, see here: 

Other pieces you might want to listen:

Symphony 49 (absolutely heartwrendingly beautiful... don't tell anyone, but I think I like this much better than the Creation Oratorio).

String Quartet Op. 54 no. 2.

"Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens 

By Sufjan Stevens


About the Artist:

Sufjan Stevens is an indie musical artist. His work is truly without peer in its oddity, depth, creativity. Stevens is famous for his fearlessness in addressing religious and spiritual questions, and using strange instruments and repetitive motifs. He once began a project to write an album dedicated to every state in the United States; he only ended up making an album on Illinois and Michigan, but my oh my they are something! This week's song is off of his album Come on Feel the Illinois! (2005). The rest of the album is definitely worth a listen. Equal parts quirky, moving, deep, disturbing and playful. No really, all of those things. Hist most recent collaboration with other orchestral composers based on the plantes (Planetarium) is very interesting.

I'm sure he'll crop up in one of my episodes again someday.

2. Visual

Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

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Oh guys oh guys!

It's so good.

So very good.

For goodness sakes it would be worth watching if only for the music.

It would be worth watching if only for the acting (hello, Jessican Chastain, Brad Pitt, and Sean Penn!).

It would be wroth watching if only for the visual beauty.

In otherwords, it's very very worth watching.

3. Literary

God's Granduer - Gerard Manley Hopkins

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About the Author:

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889) was a Jesuit priest and Victorian poet. His poetry is famous for its vivid descriptions of nature, and his "terrible sonnets" describing his experience of doubt and depression. He was deeply religious, and deeply worshipful. He discovered, or coined, "sprung ryhthm" which is a style of poetry meant to imitate ordinary speech in metre. He is wonderful. So very very wonderful. I have nothing more intellectual to say about him.

To read more about him, click the link below: 

Other works you may enjoy:

Pied Beauty

Hurrahing in Harvest

Carrion Comfort (one of the terrible sonnets)

P.S. here's that C.S. Lewis essay I was talking about in video form with illustrations. The bit I referenced is at the very end. Very worth the listen!

All for now...

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