From the category archives:

Channeling composers

Rosemary Brown was using my computer the other day. What a surprise I had when I discovered that she had left the browser open to the Akashic Records. Silly woman, letting a mere mortal like me have access to such information. Being the curious chap that I am, I started routing around. I clicked on […]

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Charlie emails Rufus

February 27, 2007

Ralph, I’ve been watching and listening to your recent scena and before Harmony and I go off to dinner, I need to point something out that will help it. Too much of the scene is the same dynamic. Give us a section that is breathtakingly quiet, and a section with a ear-blasting volume ol’ Berlioz […]

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About “channeling”

February 25, 2007

Much of mankind throughout history has honored alleged communications from “beyond” whether that beyond be from God, Satan, long dead Saints, angels, or other creatures big and small. Although Christians don’t like to fess up to this, the Bible has a lot of channeled material in it. Anything out of the mouth of a prophet […]

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Dear Ralph,* I have gone through the material that you sent me. I have to say I don’t understand why Hector thinks you are a composer. You seem like mostly a songwriter. I wrote some songs in my day, some good ones, and some really bad ones. You can find them in the collection called […]

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[Email sent to M. Rufus Wainwright from M. Claude Debussy; 19 February 2007] Mon cher, Do not listen to that macho cowboy Ives about changing your name. He is an idiot. I was assigned to oversee your work on your new opera, but told not to interfere. I have been in correspondence with Ms. Brown […]

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Charles Ives contacts Rufus

February 19, 2007

[Charles Ives has been granted permission from Rosemary Brown to correspond with Rufus Wainwright and Roger Bourland via instant messaging software. This is a transcript of their correspondence from this morning.] CI: Hello, hello. Mayday. Do you read me? RW: Yeah, hi. I’m here. Hello Mr Ives. CI: Call me Charlie. RW: You can call […]

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Rosemary Brown at the piano; Franz Liszt looks on. I was recently contacted by the famous, or infamous British weekend pianist and spiritualist, Rosemary Brown (1916-2001). Rosemary spent much of her life channeling new compositions by a variety of deceased composers including Liszt, Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Grieg, and famous music writer, Sir Donald Tovey. […]

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My Dear Rufus, Silence is an important compositional element. Pepper it throughout your music and you’ll find it helps the music breathe. Phrases chunk better. Silence can range from complete silence that lasts for just a moment, to a long silence that lets a powerful chord or orchestral stab reverberate throughout the auditorium. Think carefully […]

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Rufus, I overheard some students working on their harmony exercises at the cafe last night. One said “No! You can’t do that; that’s parallel 5ths.” The other sighed in disappointment. I don’t recall your telling me why you couldn’t tolerate being a music student, but if this is what they were feeding you, I don’t […]

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[Scribbled on a postcard with a hand-cancelled French stamp on it] Cher Rufus, Knowing you to be the drama queen you are, you must promise me to write for the contrabassoon. It tone is an exotic utterance that is unique in the dark, murky underworld of the orchestra’s bass. There is nothing like it when […]

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