Re-discoveries from my move.
Well, the turntable broke; I sold it on e-bay, boxed the records up, and bought an i-pod. But the other day I bought a USB turntable that connects directly to my computer, and I have begun the process of converting my LP tracks into MP3s. It is made by Ion, and I found it at Urban Outfitters. It isn’t a turntable that a serious audiophile would want, but it isn’t the worst turntable I have had.
Last night I converted an album titled “Diz and Bird”, a selection of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker performances when they hit the road together in the late fifties- early sixties. Good stuff. I have “Little Jimmy Rushing and his orchestra”, the cover illustrated by the great late Tom Allen. Another gem.
Another thing that I found that I thought was lost to time was a pamphlet from an exhibit I saw in Kyiv (Kiev. Kyiv is the Ukrainian spelling…) in the early 90’s. It was an exhibit of N.S. Syadristy’s work. Syadristy created these microscopic sculptures, and hollowed out human strands of hair and would place carved roses in them. He could momentarily stop the beating of his heart to create these sculptures. It sounds crazy, but I saw the exhibit myself. You view these sculptures using a microscope. One of my favorites from the exhibit is a portrait of Hemingway done in watercolor on a pear seed. Another favorite was a chessboard with pieces on the head of a pin. Maybe I was duped by Soviet propaganda, but if so, they did a convincingly great job of it!
If you are ever in Kyiv, check it out!