August 21 — GYMNOPEDIE, NO. 1, Erik Satie (1888)

imageEver since running 71 miles in Sante Fe — including three runs of 6 miles or more — recovery on my back seems to have digressed. I’ve only been walking this month, often just 1.3 miles, often with Charlie, but every day. As such, I’ve been listening to a broader range of material than the uptempo music that usually accompanies a run. More than two years ago, I learned about 19th century French composer and pianist Erik Satie while listening to David Johansen. He re-appeared in another Johansen episode this week. Satie was an early influence in the minimalist movement, a kind of Raymond Carver of music for the era. To my ears, this is the most welcoming kind of classical music — understated, careful and sparse.


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