Music of Glass
I once again had the good fortune of catching something on PBS last night that I wasn’t expecting to see – a documentary from 2007 on Philip Glass directed/filmed by Scott Hicks (who also directed Shine). I had forgotten just how much I like his music. My first introduction to Mr. Glass’ music was through the Paul Schrader film “Mishima.” The movie was visually stunning and the soundtrack was glorious. It is a biography of sorts on the life (and death) of the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. To be honest, all I remember of the film is the score and the theatrically perfect visual designs of Eiko Ishioka. I found this at YouTube but you really need to see the whole film to get the sense of beauty. Take a look and a listen:
Glass’ music is mesmerizing. His work has graced many films, operas and I think even Sesame Street. Here is a link to his website where you can hear more of his work: Glass Audio (my recommendation are the “Etudes for Piano” and Koyaanisqatsi – another film worth seeing and hearing). I had the privilege of seeing him perform in person many, many years ago – just him and the piano on a wooden floor.
I’m not sure why I’m being drawn to music as of late, and a variety of music at that (Elton to Eels to Glass). Most usually I am a visualist – I become engaged with images and colors. Go figure – perhaps I’m trying to hear as much as I can before I totally lose my hearing?
Below is some Glass from Mishima: