“Vier Stücke für Xylophon” by Gunild Keetman

On Nebraska Bruce Springsteen rode the violent edge of Americanness that coursed through rock and roll, consciously plugging into Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and the legacy of Charlie Starkweather’s and Caril Fugate’s 1958 killing spree across the midwest.  Springsteen was inspired towards Misfit-style murder ballad by Terrence Malick’s 1973 film Badlands, … Continue reading “Vier Stücke für Xylophon” by Gunild Keetman

“Boléro” by Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel’s Boléro has a long, complex relationship with rock and roll, sometimes quoted explicitly (Jeff Beck’s “Beck’s Bolero”) other times through suggestion (Rush’s “Jacob’s Ladder”).  In its thematic and rhythmic repetition and building orchestration there is a tension and release, an erotic energy inseparable from rock’s spark.  This has often been perceived as a weakness of the work, even signaling … Continue reading “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel