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.