A moment of silence for the passing of The Rest is Noise (har har).
Reading Alex’s blog was my introduction to thinking about and discussing music as a vital, current thing. This personal essay from 2004 (when I was a freshman in college), while not a work of bloggage, encapsulates many of the reasons to be thankful there is an Alex Ross. Even now, re-reading that article feels like having a friend pat me on the back and say “Everything’s going to turn out OK”. Also, critical facilities aside, the guy is one hell of a prose stylist. I’m looking forward to following his new, officially-sanctioned Unquiet Thoughts.
Brief concert plug: I saw the dress rehearsal for the new Bryan Senti/MacArthur Dance Project Ballet at Brooklyn Lyceum last night. There are two more performances; go. It is ambitious and sensorily delightful.