|John Cage 1912-92|
4'33'' has had many reference points - Hitler was conjured up to vent an opinion and there was a campaign last year to attempt to make a recording of the piece the Christmas No 1. It failed, more's the pity.
There was a launch of Cage Cricket involving Ian Botham earlier this year at the Rose Bowl which shamefully rather passed FB by, but Botham was at it again yesterday suggesting that this game could sort out urban youth - along with a little corporal punishment (which never did him any harm of course) and probably a spell in the army. FB is unsure what rattled Botham's cage, as it were, to set him off.
Cages of the non avant garde composer type do seem to be in the air. For at the same time as Both is advocating putting kids in cages, others are outraged that kids took part in a cage fight at Preston Labour Club. FB finds the whole concept of cage fighting rather difficult to deal with at the best of times and really does wonder who thought this was a good idea.
Cage cricket looks a good idea and if it brings kids to cricket then good on it. But FB has used several towels to review the rules which have some complexity and require judgements and decisions to be made at various points - the risk of cage cricket descending into cage fighting must therefore exist. But FB wishes it luck - anything to introduce kids to cricket of any sort must be good. Is there tea in the cage?
PS - John Cage's music is not all off the wall try this charming and delicate piano piece Dreams