Self and Other III

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Spare Time

Draft Review by Dean Duncan Jun 18, 2015

More GPO good will, and the hint of a commissioned subject too until the final Handel sequence, where a poet starts to emerge, miseries and indignities and general griminess are all bound up and covered over by sweet solace, a benediction on the soundtrack which unites and sanctifies the homely pursuits of all of the good homely people, those saying it’s merely opium and mystification designed to keep people oppressed (was Jennings one? not with “Listen” and “Diary”, surely) just don’t understand that miseries are part of the plan, and that Handel may just provide all the consolation we can have here, and that such glimpses and poetic flashes may just be enough