Image, Text, Motion, Music -- these are the four elements. Earth, Wind, Air, and Fire.
Philip Glass speaking to the interplay of inspiration (paraphrased, actually) during the Q&A tonight at the Art Institute after he read a smattering of poetry by Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith to the accompaniment of his own compositions -- some of them new tonight -- as performed by long time Philip Glass Ensemble member Michael Riesman.
Good stuff. Didn't know we were going to get poetry going in -- I was expecting a "conversation" as billed in the blurb -- and Phil coulda used a little tighter diction, but when Philip Glass wants to read you some poetry by some of his friends (who just happen to be legends in their own right) -- phrased to his own music -- you simply sit down and listen.
One of the most curious takeaways of the evening was hearing that Ginsberg really always wanted to be a singer and went so far as to take singing lessons from "Bobby" Dylan.
Which may be the reason why Mr. Ginsberg never realized his dream.
(I'm just guessin'.)
Posting by cameraphone.
Shot under the Tiffany Dome at the AIC.