Breaking Glass

The new, artfully punned album from super modern maestro Philip Glass, “Breaking Glass”, is a superb piece of post classical deconstruction. At 32:08 it is indeed a bold, view changing piece of work.

The primary movement revolves around a 300lb salmon tinged glass chandelier being struck as if it were a piñata by a post clothed Dale Chihuly wielding a limited edition Barry Bonds* Louisville Slugger. His nakedness, at first, seems beside the point being a completely aural piece of work, however, once listened to, I believe you will agree with me that the shame and freedom of the nudity comes through quite clearly. There’s a wonderful arpeggio of breaking glass in A minor about 3/4ths of the way through that took me immediately back to a July morning in 1998 when I discovered my car window had been smashed and my stereo stolen. The damage done, a hole left in my car. Freud, once famously said, a car was simply an extension of a man’s soul. Or maybe that was Brian Wilson.

Ultimately, the recording is a deeply personal and oddly collaborative work between these two masters. Both exposing themselves, Dale quite literally, Philip more spiritually, to a harsh and cold world where art is no longer a gentle and loved thing, but like the current cineplex blockbuster, a mindless, violent expression of a shattered world. Powerful stuff.

Post Scriptus ~ Sadly, much like when a film goes straight to DVD, “Breaking Glass”, from what I understand, has gone straight to Out Of Print. Think what it will fetch on eBay!


About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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One Response to Breaking Glass

  1. auntmama says:

    baseball I expect
    glass I did not
    not the fine creation of the one eyed jack
    or shattering
    from the maestro of classical mystery

    never visit this blog without leaving more learned
    see you on the radio

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