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Philip Glass Solo

Philip Glass is coming out with a new album early next year called Philip Glass Solo. It was recorded during the early days of the pandemic at Glass’s home on his piano.

This is my piano, the instrument on which most of the music was written. It’s also the same room where I have worked for decades in the middle of the energy which New York City itself has brought to me. The listener may hear the quiet hum of New York in the background or feel the influence of time and memory that this space affords. To the degree possible, I made this record to invite the listener in.

The video above is a lovely clip of him, in his home, playing one of the songs off the album.

Discussion  4 comments

Andrew Lilja

i am not very familiar with philip glass' work, but i believe this is a version the aptly-named opening track from his album "glassworks"

Nick Baker

Yes, you are indeed right! And it's a stunning song. One of his best. I have a story about it!

We were locked up at home during that cold Covid winter in February 2021 when my son was watching a Scooby-Doo movie in the living room. The audio wafted into the kitchen as I was working. Eventually, I'm startled when it dawned on me that I could hear that Philip Glass song along with the sounds of the Scooby-Doo gang! How surprisingly cultured! High brow mixed with low brow! Love it!

It takes me more than a minute to realize that, no, no, Philip Glass hadn't lent one of his songs to Scooby-Doo. Iโ€™d simply accidentally started playing a Philip Glass song on my laptop.

But I totally want to see a Scooby-Doo movie with this music.

Jason KottkeMOD

Glass isn't super precious about the projects he works on โ€” he contributed to the Fantastic Four soundtrack after all. I feel like a Glass-scored Scooby Doo is within the realm of possibility...


He looks like is weaving something very precious. Incredible how much beauty comes out of so delicate and tiny movements.

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