On constraints. Marcuse, Bach and Scriabin.

This time of the year tends to be a time of excess.

The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.

This is a quote from Herbert Marcuse, a German philosopher. ¬†I rather like it, but I’ve never really been comfortable with the term “the people.” ¬†After all, the same affliction affects me too. This is a first person issue, other than the kitchen equipment: ¬†I’m¬†with the Hitch,¬†but there is a part of me that really likes stuff.

Here is my newly discovered antidote; two piano pieces. ¬†The first one, by Bach, I have known for some time. ¬†Here is James Rhodes’ version.

The other, I discovered via the¬†serendipity¬†that is the side bar in YouTube. I’d not heard of either Scriabin or Filjak til this evening.

A Nocturne by  Scriabin,  played by  Martina Filjak.

Both pieces are just for the left hand.  Sometimes less is more.