Musician and native New Yorker Russ Flynn has created a delightfully funky work in response to the theme of "eavesdropping" and Ecclesiastes 7:21-25:
Do not pay attention to every word people say,
or you may hear your servant cursing you—
for you know in your heart
that many times you yourself have cursed others.
All this I tested by wisdom and I said,
“I am determined to be wise”—
but this was beyond me.
Whatever exists is far off and most profound—
who can discover it?
So I turned my mind to understand,
to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
and the madness of folly.
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24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? 25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
“Rumor Mill” is like a game of involuntary telephone; a conversation being overheard, perhaps taken out of context, and restated with misinformation/imperfection. There are two main voices, panned left and right, that begin a conversation. Another voice overhears and restates; but imperfectly. The process continues with the addition of two more voices until what remains is a complete adultery of the original statement having little to do with the original source, or conversation. In reading the passage from the scripture I was reminded of the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that stated, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” That also had influence on my thought process. There are so many hours in a day; those who concern themselves with the business of others will only find their time wasted while those whose business they’ve concerned themselves with have moved on to bigger and better things.
New York native Russ Flynn is a Brooklyn-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Russ tours, both nationally and internationally, in the rock-oriented and improvisation-based music worlds. He is a member of Great Good Fine Ok, Glass Elephant, Alexandra Stewart’s band, Lewis and the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble. He has also had the pleasure of working with such varied artists as Rubblebucket, Elliott Sharp, Natalie York, Sean Lennon, Le Zhang, Bartosz Hadala, Anthony Coleman and Hafiz Shabazz.
In 2010 Russ completed his graduate work at the Aaron Copland School Music where he studied composition with Michael Philip Mossman and Darcy James Argue. Russ has also studied with Alexander Stewart, Ben Allison, John Rivers, Joe Capps and John McKenna, among others.