Saturday, November 12, 2016

Highlight Of The Day -- Tabula Rasa -- Nothing About The Bakken

I don't have all his albums (CDs) but I have a fairly large collection.

I had not heard of him until 2002, or thereabouts.

It takes me back to Yorkshire. Ripon Cathedral, to be specific.

I doubt one out of a 100 folks reading this have heard of him. It was only through a bit of serendipity that I learned of him. I guess that's why the Romans had a gazillion gods. Only "gods" could explain the mysteriousness of life.

It was my personal goddess of serendipity ("Sarah" for short) who introduced me to Arvo Pärt.

So, today, in the print edition of The Wall Street Journal: "The Physics of a Breakup: a spare, three-minute piano piece composed by Arvo Pärt consoles a distraught scientist."

This is a regular feature in the "Review" section of the Saturday edition of The Wall Street Journal: playlist. Each Saturday, some expert or famous personality in his/her field expounds on a piece of music he/she enjoys. Today, Carlo Rovelli, 60, an Italian theoretical physicist at Aix-Marseille University in France and a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory expounds on Arvo Pärt.

Rovelli was intrigued by Pärt's Für Alina. But today, on day T+4, Pärt's Tabula Rasa seems more appropriate. Tabula Rasa translates as "clean slate."

Tabula Rasa, Arvo Pärt

My favorite Arvo Pärt symphony is Te Deum.


The New York Times publisher vows to rededicate the newspaper to reporting honestly.

Maybe I will be able to read the front page again.


I can't make this stuff up. Honest.


  1. Encountered the wsjournal article yesterday (sat nov 12 2016)and having experienced both physics (BA '58 - now quite retired) and a breakup (40 years ago) got interested and perused it. Forwarded the you tube link for fur alina to about 20 others, mostly old high school classmates. Now 20 more will have at least heard of Arvo Part. Sorry I can't do umlauts.

  2. Thank you. Yes, one cannot do special characters (like umlauts) or fonts in the comment section. Arvo Part's Te Deum is perhaps my favorite; at least that's the one I started with and come back to frequently. I just get a kick out of finding some of these gems in the WSJ.