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unstick is the name of a program for the Muse# characterized in the session library as "a 'feel good' session" but the inner quotes refer to, and also generate further wrinkles within, the radically subjective possibly infinite spectrum of experience which constitutes "feeling good"
"you gotta love it" is a phrase that generates "about 202,000" hits on Google, 567,959 on Clusty, and a big fat solitary zero on Booble, whose no-results page is way funnier than any of their competitors'
but perhaps the most liberating thing you ever learn is the one you first express within seconds of your birth: you do not gotta love it
you spend your childhood and adolescence being forced to unlearn what you knew as you drew your first breath, and by the time you reach adulthood you are lying to your progeny about the whole deal, just like your whole culture lied to you about it: you just gotta love it, how can you not love it, I don't trust anybody who doesn't love [the Beatles, toast, cats, WinAmp, the Lord, Saccharine Trust, the Sybian, the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore show]: history from the middle ages onward relies in part and at times in great part on the the posited general good of good feelings
this is not a poem, it's just a series of one-sentence paragraphs eschewing two and only two rules of punctuation, to wit, that sentences must begin with a capital letter and end with a period
just so we're clear on that
the triumph of the modern period in classical music is that it allows itself at intervals to pursue feeling as an end in itself, which is the opposite of hedonism because feeling without object opens on limitless expanses of response which do not observe the usual boundaries e.g. pleasant/unpleasant/fun/not fun/etc/etc/etc, which expanses were at one point a new vista but which are ever more quickly becoming old alien territory as we distance ourselves from the modern period and reimmerse ourselves in the basic tenets of romanticism
I promise as this series continues not to be too hard on the romantics, even if they kinda deserve it
see you soon
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