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Erik Satie: A Day in the Life of a Musician
08:46 pm


Erik Satie
Rene Clair

Erik Satie’s A Day in the Life of a Musician:

Here is the exact timetable of my daily activities.

Get up: 7:18 am; be inspired 10:23 to 11:47 am.

Take lunch: 12:11 pm; leave table at 12:14 pm.

Healthy horse-riding out in the grounds: 1:19 to 2:53 pm

More inspiration: 3:12 to 4:07 pm.

Various activities (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, swimming etc.): 4:21 to 6:47 pm.

Dinner is served at 7:16 and ends at 7:20 pm

Then come symphonic readings out loud 8:09 to 9:49 pm.

I go to bed regularly at 10:37 pm. Once a week on Tuesdays I wake with a start at 3:19 am

I can only eat white foods: eggs, sugar, scraped bones, fat from dead animals, veal, salt, coconuts, chicken cooked in white water, rice, turnips, things like pasta, white cheese, cotton salad and certain fish.

I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with fuchsia juice. I have a good appetite, but never talk while eating, for fear of strangling myself.

I breathe carefully a little at a time.

My sleep is deep but I keep one eye open. My bed is round with a hole cut out to let my head through. Once every hour a servant takes my temperature.

I have long subscribed to a fashion magazine. I wear a white bonnet, white stockings and a white waistcoat.

My doctor has always told me to smoke. Part of his advice runs “Smoke away, my dear chap. If you don’t someone else will.”

- Erik Satie

If only that kind of routine would work for me…

The poster of Erik Satie was made by The Keep Calm-O-Matic.

The following clip of Erik Satie and Picabia is from Rene Clair’s Entr’Acte, filmed in 1924.

With thanks to Sig Waller

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John Cale on I’ve Got A Secret
04:53 pm


John Cale
Erik Satie
I've Got A Secret

On a prior Dangerous Minds post, pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the game show guest on I’ve Got A Secret.  Today’s guest is a pre-Velvet Undergound John Cale.  What’s Cale’s secret?  His participation in an 18 hour and 40 minute piano recital of Erik Satie‘s Vexations.

Cale and a number of performers—including John Cage—all took turns playing the piece that’s just 3 lines long, but needs repeating 840 times.  Cage, it seems, also organized the event, having been introduced to Vexations in Paris in ‘49.

The man sitting beside Cale is off-Broadway actor, Karl Schenzer.  His secret?  He was the only audience member ballsy enough to stick out the entire concert.  Schenzer went on, possibly, and according to the New Yorker’s Alex Ross, to become a bit player for Francis Ford Coppola.

Bonus: John Cale live performing Paris, 1919

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