Today is the fifth anniversary of the passing of Dirk Gjaltema, a young Dutch music blogger whose irreverent appreciations in Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll (still kept online as a lasting memorial by his adoring family) was one of my first thrilling discoveries in blogland.
Take a moment to read my earlier post about Dirk.
Dirk's great gift was the generosity with which he transformed his own ecstatic love for music into a communal experience. The kindred spirit of that gift courses through my own music sharing endeavors, on the radio and here in this weekly column. Rest in noise, Dirk!
Maggie Nichols & Peter Nu ~ Don't Assume
(Blog: Continuo's Weblog)
Don't Stand Down Maggie
"On Don’t Assume, and particularly on the eponymous, side-long track #4, Maggie Nicols carefully avoids anything resembling jazz singing in favor of an intermediary state between spoken word, sound poetry, thinking out loud and sprechgesang. Similarly, the piano accompaniment, a delicate, needle-point construction of ephemeral chords and non-rhythmic structures, seems to be floating mid-air in an uncertain pitch like some of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music. This strange alchemy works wonders and inevitably takes the listener by surprise." (Description by Continuo)