Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

04 June 2009

Philip Glass

As you probably know if you know me, I love Philip Glass. So I was delighted to finally sit down and watch Scott Hicks's documentary on the legendary composer.

It's not a very ambitious film, and it is, in a lot of ways, a kind of puff-piece—a movie a director would make about his good friend.

Still, because of my love for Glass, I found the film fascinating. I loved learning about him, his collaborators, his family life, his way of working, his spirituality, etc.

I even found the whole thing rather inspiring. And it, of course, made me want to run out and buy some more Philip Glass music.

Also, look for a cameo from The Reader composer Nico Muhly, who is my age (!) and who used to work for Glass; I might be a little in love with him. There are also appearances from Dennis Russell Davies, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Chuck Close, JoAnne Akalaitis, Errol Morris, and others.