music, politics


(Via the New Yorker – always funny when print leads you to screen.) Pianist Jeremy Denk doing a mock interview with Sarah Palin.

JD: I just simply can’t believe in the midst of this intense campaign season, you could find the time to talk with me about the “Hammerklavier” Sonata.

SP: Well, ya know, Beethoven was the dude who said thanks but no thanks to Napoleon. Plus from all the mavericky songs he wrote, maybe this one could be known as the most maverickyest.

It’s the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor we would have needed so badly, to uplift our spirits, if Obama lost. Since he won, it’s just the icing on the cake.

I also really like the interview-in-dialogue / discussion format of the piece – even when done with a fictional counterpart, I would rather read almost anything at all if written like a play.