“I learned more about war and capitalism and Western society in Marrakech in Morocco when I saw affluent Frenchmen drinking aperitifs on the terraces of luxurious hotels with their children and well-turned-out wives while they bided their time complacently until others invaded at Normandy and later in southern France to recapture their country and enable them to return and regain their estates.”
Joseph Heller, Closing Time
“The sun ariseth and the sun goeth down and the same things come alike to the righteous and the wicked. Bread does not always come to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill, but one event happens to us all. The wise man dies no better or more wisely than the fool. In what way, then, is the wise man wise?”
Joseph Heller, ‘God knows’
I read Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22’, ‘Something Happened’, and ‘Good as Gold’ while I was putting the final touches to the pieces that will comprise my debut album. I wonder if it’s possible to sense the influence of a literary work in a piece of instrumental music.