"The human race is going to die in 4/4 time," Moondog reportedly told fellow rhythm-seeker Sam Ulano in the 1950s. The quote comes from the new Moondog biography by Robert Scotto, about which I posted three weeks ago. I then learned it is a forthcoming biography, since publication was postponed a month or two.
Meanwhile, if you prefer rhythms in "snaketime," you can hear Moondog's music in two evening concerts in New York City, November 2 and 3. Scotto will talk about Moondog's life (1916-1999) and legacy on Saturday evening, and the Eupraxia Music and Arts Collective will perform both nights. Oh, and there's something called the Moondog Madrigal Mini Puppet Show.
I'm halfway thru the fascinating book and it's well-researched and beautifully written. During a cross-country jaunt in 1949, the blind musician, who dressed in hand-made Viking garb and performed on street corners, turned heads coast to coast. Though he encountered little harassment, he was asked to leave Willow Springs, California, by a cop who diplomatically informed the visitor, "You're too rich for our blood."
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