Seven 9s and 10s

John Cage - 4:33 from steelopus on Vimeo.

April 21, 2001
Senior Recital
Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

We’ve just passed the 10 year anniversary of my senior recital for my bachelors degree in K-12 Music Education.

10 years ago I performed John Cage’s 4’33” on stage in front of my family, friends, peers, and professors. 9 out of 10 of them had no idea what the hell was happening. I’m still proud of this performance.

A few thoughts:

  • My favorite thing about this video is the quiet little voice of my then-3 year old niece. “What is he doing?” It was the only moment where I lost my composure and let out a smile.
  • I wish someone who cared about me back then would’ve told me to cut my hair. I had long hair for a long time. Too long for too long. This was my poofy-curls stage. Also, terrible glasses. Also, fully buttoned-up shirt with no tie?!
  • Muted trumpet for the 2nd Movement = The  best idea I’ve ever had.
  • [Tacet]

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  1. steelopus reblogged this from steelopus and added:
    Today would’ve been John Cage’s 100th birthday. Happy Birthday, JC.
  2. nicky36 said: Artsy-fartsy
  3. goestoeleven said: Absolutely fantastic.
  4. tochaseortohunt said: I’ll have to wait to watch until I get home but I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this.
  5. smartgoat said: So awesome.
  6. magashi said: so much awesome!!!!
  7. onesmallfire said: Who’s the fancy videographer that focuses on your shadow at the beginning?
  8. quixotekid said: That takes balls. I’d rather be playing wrong notes than just standing on a stage by myself playing silence.
  9. ungracefulme said: I can’t wait to watch this when I get home.