Erik Satie’s Gnossienne 4

December 3, 2015

I love commuting between my house and Gould.  It isn’t a long drive, but as it always is with commutes, I can do it without even thinking.  Years of driving back and forth has committed it to my memory and I go into a sort of auto pilot when I get in the car.  I let my mind go blank and peer at the frost covered landscape as it flashes by.  At night I watch all of the familiar objects come into the view of my headlights, thinking about nothing but the deer and moose that all too often dash into the road.  Partly due to a lack of better options and partly because the programming isn’t bad, I often listen to public radio.  Sometimes they even play music.  It’s usually something I’ve never heard before, and I like that.  In the morning and late at night they play classical music which I usually endure and sometimes enjoy.  One morning last spring, I was driving to school and this piece came on.  It caught me by surprise in a way, because I rarely enjoy classical music, but this was like the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard.  As the song ended, I started to panic, terrified that I’d lose it forever.  I had just felt several minutes of sheer joy, and the thought of never hearing the piece again left me empty and defeated.  And then out of the silence came a commentator’s voice: “And that was Erik Satie’s Gnossienne 4.”  Still in my car and unable to write down the name of the composition, I vowed to myself that I would not forget its name.  Erik Satie, Erik Satie, Erik Satie, I though over and over in my head, determined to recover it later.  Once I got out of my car and back on the internet, I made a short video for the film class I was taking, and used Gnossienne 4 as the soundtrack.  This is that video.  I hope you enjoy the composition as much as I did.

Cancelled after only one season, my TV recommendation for this week was shamefully cut short of its potential.  Freaks and Geeks follows the lives of American high school students in the 1980s.  It manages to capture the high school experience in a way that few films and television shows ever have.  The star cast, including James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel have unmistakable chemistry, and it’s no wonder the show served as a launching point for many of their careers.

Until next time,



2 Responses

  1. Avatar Greg Gilman says:

    I love how the music, light, and slow motion video compliment each other. All powerful storytelling tools that you use well. Beautifully done.

    It is a tragedy that Freaks & Geeks was cancelled, although it seems like it all worked out for the best for Judd Apatow & crew. Martin Starr as Bill Haverchuck is one of my favorite television characters ever.

  2. Avatar Grandma Hoeh says:

    I, too, enjoyed Satie’s music. Great choice for your film. And who was the handsome fella who starred in it?

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