Looking Through Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

The United States is something of an outlier as a democracy that still uses the death penalty. Although a number of states have abolished or suspended capital punishment in recent years the Death Rows of a number of southern states remain crowded. In states where racism has been endemic for two centuries or more, the operation  of the death penalty, like the criminal justice system … Continue reading Looking Through Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

Into Great Silence

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine“ The wonders of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas are not always apparent to the teenage learner. For one thing most of them are beyond the learners technical abilities, particularly is they were me! Like many before me I concentrated on the two “easier” Opus 49 sonatas. They were drummed into … Continue reading Into Great Silence

THROUGH AGONY TO ECSTASY

“It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.” – Marquis de Sade His Mistress set him weekly lines, 250 each time.  This task was tedious and irksome. It did not hurt but the repetition of the line burned the message into his soul. And his Mistress chose the lines appropriately. He opened the e mail and read “The lines that I require this … Continue reading THROUGH AGONY TO ECSTASY