Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Revolutionary Birthday Party for Goodness to all Mankind"

'Birthday Babies'
(Image Supplied by Terrance Lindall)

Extravatantly good news from the revolutionary world of art: Terrance Lindall has recently had a birthday, as has also Yuko Nii. Both are pictured above in a photograph that Mr. Lindall personally sent to me. Admittedly, he probably sent the same photo in an email circular to several hundred other individuals, but that doesn't negate the fact that he also sent it to me . . .

In addition to the above photograph, the email circular also offered a few words of wit:
Our "Revolutionary Birthday Party for Goodness to all Mankind" was held Saturday!! Will be covered in the Philippines Press. Very International with guests from Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines, Japan, Denmark and probably more . . . .

A signed copy of the requiem that Terrance commissioned from the foremost Lutheran hymn writer Amanda Husberg was presented to him. It is being performed for the first time by a major chorale in Kentucky later in the year.

PS: Terrance is not dead yet, but many people are hoping to hear this masterpiece soon.
Hmmm . . . well, let's interpret that postscript generously, as meaning that people want to hear Mr. Lindall's requiem before he dies. I hope that he and Ms. Nii both enjoy many more artistically productive years of health blessed by wealth.

I privately wished both of them a happy birthday, and received this reply:
Thanks Jeffery. There are a lot more photos coming. To that list of internationals you can add Korea (she sang for Yuko & me), and Thailand. Terrance
I suppose that 'Korea' here is synecdoche for a Korean woman who offered a birthday song to them, perhaps the Korean happy birthday tune. I wish that I'd made the party, for that cake looks delicious, and I could do with a glass of wine from either of those two bottles about now.

For those readers interested in the art of Mr. Lindall and Ms. Nii, click here for the former and here for the latter. And be sure to visit the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (full disclosure: I'm on the Advisory Committee).

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At 5:16 AM, Anonymous dhr said...

Again, also from this site, ALL THE BEST, Terrance! --- and Nii, I add warmly.

(Is Nii her first name? Is "Yuko Nii" written following the western or the eastern rules?)

And, he's right: to have a Requiem written after you're dead, means that everybody will enjoy listening to it, except you. Too bad. Now, instead, it will force you to "deserve the beauty of that music all of your life long". Phew. When the game is tough, the tough start to play.


At 6:56 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I think that Yuko Nii's family name is "Nii," but I'm not entirely certain. I'm also not entirely sure how to pronounce it.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Sperwer said...

Williamsburg? The Advisory Committee, eh?

Who'da thunk you were such a hipster!

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

Yep, I think so. It should be only China and Korea the places where they put family name first; in Japanese names "what you see is what you get".


meet Hwang In-Sang, or In-Sang Hwang

the first guy on the left, whose skeleton-like weight is counterbalanced in the right corner...

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Sperwer, the Gypsy Scholar goes many places . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:35 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

In-Sang Hwang? Hmmm . . . I wonder if he's related to the graphic artist En-Uk Sequoya Hwang.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:23 PM, Anonymous dhr said...

I noticed your wife's family name, in fact. But, maybe, Hwang in Korea is like John in U.S.?

[The photo is a bit oudated, though. I am currently a member of a different choir, whose conductor is a disciple of Ennio Morricone's.]

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

"Hwang" is not uncommon.

Jeffery Hodges

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