I enjoy one of the best driving commutes of anyone I know. I drive from San Francisco, California down the Highway One to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I teach. Usually I drive down the coast on Mondays, and back up on Thursdays. This week I downloaded King-FM’s application onto my iPhone and took the Monday trip accompanied by classical station’s excellent Second Inversion channel.
It was hard to take notes while I drove and listened, so I don’t remember all the pieces. But it was heavenly getting close to Pacifica and Half Moon Bay while listening to John Cage’s beautiful piano work In a Landscape. This is one of Cage’s very listenable compositions, just perfect for motoring down the HWY1 and sneaking peaks at the water, when possible. Finally I just parked at a spot around Montara to the listen to the rendition the end.
Second Inversion defines itself as a project “dedicated to rethinking classical music.” It is “built on a foundation of classical music with intent to explore the vast range of music in and beyond the genre.” You can get a sense of the stream’s priorities on its on demand Soundcloud channel. Listening to the top choices, I sort of feel like I’m in a very gentle jazz/fusion Schoenberg-land, or someplace like that. It’s quite perfect for motoring up and down the northern/central Pacific. You should try it if you can.
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