Beethoven’s Abkuhlungsmethode & Hip-Hop
Congratulations to John Crawford of West End Press who just won a pair of tickets to Urban Verbs with Carlos Contreras and Hakim Bellamy by writing in to Local Poets Guild about a time music especially mattered to him. John writes:
It was the summer of 1961, and I was in summer school at Cal. Berkeley. I was taking German 102 at the time, and had dedicated myself to hearing the symphonies of Beethoven in the library at lunch. In German 102 we were reading a Cultural Graded Reader on the life of Beethoven. It seemed that late in life Beethoven had taken to pouring a bucket of water over his head while sitting at the piano composing the Fifth Symphony. It was in the summertime, he was nonetheless wearing his greatcoat, and in the throes of composition he must have overheated considerably. Doctors later attributed this habit of his to his increasing deafness, a deafness which may have contributed to the extreme difficulty musicians encountered in completing the later movements of the Fifth Symphony. The Cultural Reader called this his Abkuhlungsmethode, his cooling-off method. Reading this story, true or not, added to my enjoyment of hearing the Fifth that summer in the tower of Berkeley library. It did seem very hard to perform, I must say.
We have more tickets to give away for the Friday June 17th Show by Carlos Contreras, Hakim Bellamy, and Diles. All you have to do is write to email@example.com with a sentence or a paragraph or a poem about a time music mattered in your life. For more info, click here. First come, first win tickets!!! We have four pairs of tix left. If you submit, just let us know if it’s okay to publish what you wrote on the website. If not, that’s fine too. We’re glad to have the opportunity to offer tickets to such a great show.
NOTE: I JUST CLARIFIED THAT WE ARE OFFERING A PAIR OF TIX TO EACH WINNER. 4 PAIRS LEFT.