Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Wardrobe of the State

Sometimes I'm bothered by the long chain of projects behind me that I've started but never finished, especially if I'm doing hosekeeping that reveals these crumbs. However, some bits of their distinctiveness have turned out in other projects in my life, or in recurring dreams; they become a richer soil for further thought.I'm tempted to classify "thin thoughts" as those that are based around a single moment of premise, relatively undernourished by abandoned ideas looking for a good home. Problem: we don't always realise these things, and if we have enough half-baked projects behind us acting as ingredients, the distinction may be moot (except maybe we might imagine a buffer that needs not to be empty to produce good work?). Also, famous authors with multiple bodies of work: perhaps sometimes crossovers happen when what was useful compost is remembered as something separate and is taken out to grow in something more akin to its original concept.

For a musician heavily active in the 30s, Bing Crosby's music feels surprisingly modern. I've returned to the topic of trying to understand the development of modern music sensibilities - very early recordings seem to differ from what we have now in more than just style. This is particularly interesting in that we're now about a century into the age of popular recordings of music; as we progress from Gershwin and Sophie Tucker to Spike Jones and Crosby, I wonder what today will be notable on that scale in a century. Perhaps this is akin to novels - we've had *that* technology for a very long time. Where would we be if for cultural reasons we depended on in-person storytellers instead?


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