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First-time listening for March 2023

26517. (Mike Old­field) Amarok
26518. (Jon Batiste) Hol­ly­wood Africans
26519. (Carl Nielsen) String Quar­tet in G, FS5, op.5
26520. (Frank Zap­pa) Just Anoth­er Band From L.A.
26521. (Tove Lo) Queen of the Clouds
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25104. (Kirsti Mäki­nen) The Kale­vala: Tales of Mag­ic and Adventure 
. . . . . [ill. Pirkko-Liisa Suro­je­gin] [tr. Kaa­ri­na Brooks] [prose re-telling of 
. . . . . Elias Lön­nrot’s Kale­vala with verse samples] 
. . . . . [see oth­er trans­la­tions: Bosley at 27 & 8563; Kir­by at 391; 
. . . . . Friberg at 18426]
25105. (Mat­ti Charl­ton) The Dark Woods ― A Very Light Bed­time Children’s 
. . . . . Story 
(William M. Brei­d­ing ‑ed.) Portable Stor­age Nine:
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25074. (Matti Charlton) You’re Mine ― A True Story for Brave Little Ones

There are not many books for chil­dren in which death is the main top­ic. Mar­jorie Kin­nan Rawl­ings’ 1938 nov­el The Year­ling, which dealt with death from a child’s point of view, comes to mind, but it was not con­ceived by it’s author as a “chil­dren’s book.” It is today gen­er­al­ly shelved with “young adult” fic­tion in libraries, but that was not a cat­e­go­ry in use at the time of its writ­ing. The author was address­ing adults in a sto­ry writ­ten from the point of view of a child. Its clar­i­ty and emo­tion­al inten­si­ty allowed it to reach a younger audi­ence. We expect a teenag­er to have some con­cern with the idea of death.

But when it comes to books for younger chil­dren, death is still a taboo top­ic. It is some­thing that, many believe, chil­dren should not be exposed to in fic­tion, or even allowed to think about. This pre­sumes that no small child will encounter death, or have to think of it, or need to under­stand it. Except, of course, the chil­dren in Uvalde, Texas, and Sandy Hook, Con­necti­cut. Except, of course, the mil­lions of small chil­dren who have had to expe­ri­ence a death in the fam­i­ly, or even the death of a beloved pet. And that does­n’t even take into account parts of the world torn up by war, where small chil­dren are drenched in the stench of death. There aren’t many chil­dren in Ukraine or Yemen, today, who are obliv­i­ous to death. Reli­gion is of lit­tle help, here. It is far more con­cerned with deny­ing death than with under­stand­ing it, or prepar­ing for it. At its worst, it attempts to dis­miss life as a mere pre­lude to an imag­ined eter­nal exis­tence … at once oblit­er­at­ing death from thought and oblit­er­at­ing life from significance.

So I would rec­om­mend Mat­ti Charl­ton’s  You’re Mine. I wish I had such a book avail­able to me when I was very young. In very straight­for­ward lan­guage, it explains death, how it is inevitable, and why its exis­tence under­lies the pre­cious­ness of life: “Be grate­ful for your life. Every day. Every sec­ond. Cher­ish every moment while your life is still yours.” The nar­ra­tor is death itself, por­trayed as a mon­strous beast, speak­ing to the read­er, “Lit­tle One.” While the art­work of the book is designed to be just scary enough for a child to han­dle, it also evokes the beau­ty of life in a way that a child can under­stand. It is refresh­ing­ly free of eva­sion, deceit, or exis­ten­tial­ist blar­ney. Many adults would ben­e­fit from read­ing it, since, as the author says in a post­script: “..we are all Lit­tle Ones, after all.

Image of the Month — We Stand On Guard For Thee


(Cor­nelius 1949) Pass­port to Pimlico
(Roman 2016) Peach­es and Cream
(Hiller 1989) See No Evil, Hear No Evil
(Páls­son 2020) The Val­hal­la Mur­ders [Brot]: Ep.1 ― Nev­er Before Seen
(Noguchi 1967) Gap­pa: The Triphib­ian Mon­ster [大巨獣ガッパ]
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First-time listening for February 2023

26486. (Kishi Bashi) Phi­los­o­phize! Chem­i­cal­ize! EP
26487. (Fred­er­ic Rzews­ki) The Peo­ple Unit­ed Will Nev­er Be Defeated!
26488. (Big Thief) Drag­on New Warm Moun­tain I Believe in You
26489. (Georges Enes­cu) Sym­pho­ny #2 in A, Op.17
26490. (Basic Chan­nel) Round One to Round Five 1993–99
26491. (Seo Tai­ji and Boys) I Know! [난 알아요]
26492. (Anto­nio Vival­di) Sin­fo­nia in G for Vio­lin & Orches­tra, RV 149
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25089. [2] (Robert McClod­key) Homer Price
25090. (Rose­mary Sut­cliffe) Beowulf [sto­ry]
25091. (Peter S. Ungar) Evo­lu­tion’s Bite ― A Sto­ry of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins
25092. (Jesús Gil Fuen­san­ta, Alfre­do Mederos Martín & Otabek Ukta­movich Muminov) 
. . . . . Not Far from the Lim­its of the North­ern Uruk Cul­ture in the Middle/Upper
. . . . . Euphrates: the Lat­er Cal­col­ith­ic Lev­els of Surte­pe [arti­cle]
25093. (Susan Dewey, et al) Con­trol Creep and the Mul­ti­ple Exclu­sions Faced by Women 
. . . . . in Low-Auton­o­my Sex Indus­try Sec­tors [arti­cle]
25094. (Raziel Reid) When Every­thing Feels Like the Movies
25095. (Joseph R. Bish­op & Pas­cal Gag­neux) Evo­lu­tion of Car­bo­hy­drate Antigens ― 
. . . . . Micro­bial Forces Shap­ing Host Gly­comes? [arti­cle]
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Image of the Month

Just out­side of Van­cou­ver, BC, Canada


(Hawks 1938) Bring­ing Up Baby
(Qudaiber­gen 2019) “SOS d’un ter­rien en détresse” [live at World’s Best, USA]
(Qudaiber­gen 2019) “All By Myself” [live at World’s Best, USA]
(Qudaiber­gen 2019) “Ada­gio” [live at World’s Best, USA]
(Qudaiber­gen 2019) “Give Me Your Love” [live in New York]
(Qudaiber­gen 2019) “Made­moi­selle Hyde” [live in New York]
(Sakak­ibara 2022) Gude­ta­ma, An Egg­cel­lent Adven­ture: Ep.3 ― Is That the Best 
. . . This Coun­try Has to Offer?
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First-time listening for January, 2023

26447. (Friedrich Gul­da) Play Piano Play [10 Übungsstücke für Yuko]
26448. (Glenn Gould) Piano Sonata
26449. (Glenn Gould) Five Short Pieces for Piano
26450. (Glenn Gould) Two Pieces for Piano
26451. (Dimash Qudaiber­gen) “SOS d’un ter­rien en détresse” [live at World’s Best, 
. . . . . USA, 2019]
26452. (Dimash Qudaiber­gen) “All By Myself” [live at World’s Best, USA, 2019]
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