Music

Quiescent

  “Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.” ~ Francis of Assisi Skullcap is a comforting herb.  Too bad, in this “what is good… Read More ›

Music Interlude

“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach With the media-induced hysteria here in the States in overdrive, we here at the Asylum like to take refuge with a bit of that which… Read More ›

Take Five…or Maybe Ten

It’s been a while since we heard from Overseas reporter for Dispatches from the Asylum, Ms. Ukusi Menya, former counter espionage agent with TASS News Agency/Moscow, runner-up in Ms. Moscow Pageant, and part-time director of Moscow’s Film Association of Parcel… Read More ›

A Little Russian

“Truly there would be a reason to go mad were it not for music,” – P. I. Tchaikovsky It was from the Austrian-born composer that some may have heard of, W.A. Mozart, whom we owe a debt of gratitude for… Read More ›

Respect, Class and Elegance

One of the living men we admire most here at the Asylum is Mr. Wynton Marsalis. Not discounting his brilliant and enjoyable music and performances, another reason for our admiration is that the man embodies and practices respect.  Respect for… Read More ›

The continuing “crisis”

(Bonus OUTSTANDING music video at the end of this dispatch!) It’s been a while since we heard from Overseas reporter for Dispatches from the Asylum, Ms. Ukusi Menya, former counter espionage agent with TASS News Agency/Moscow, runner-up in Ms. Moscow… Read More ›

Interlude

From RT.com Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”. Before granting legal status… Read More ›

A Culture of Substance…please?

“What the world needs is a return to sweetness and decency” ~ Roman Holiday Asylum’s political and fashion correspondent, Ophélie, owner of the Paris bakery, Beurre, and part time Baccarat player here at the Asylum, fired off the following dispatch… Read More ›

“The Philadelphia Sound”

“The Philadelphia Sound” was developed by Eugene Ormandy, conductor of the Philadephia Orchestra from 1936 to 1980. To overcome the acoustics of the Academy of Music where the Philadelphia Orchestra performed, Mr. Ormandy developed a lush sound through legato phrasings,… Read More ›