Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 8:01 am
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Pianist Lara Downes has had Bach's Goldberg Variations on her mind for quite some time. The music soothed her to sleep as a kid, it fascinated her as a young pianist and it's a subject of conversation on her new blog.
House Budget Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, introduces the House Budget Committee's FY2013 budget at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The House Republican plan reduces personal income taxes to a 25 and a 10 percent rate, and would cap discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion.
Beethoven would try as many as 70 different versions of a musical phrase before settling on the right one. But other great ideas seem to come out of the blue. Bob Dylan, for example, came up with the lyrics to the chorus for "Like a Rolling Stone" soon after telling his manager that he was creatively exhausted and ready to bail from the music industry. After going to an isolated cabin, Dylan got an uncontrollable urge to write and spilled out his thoughts in dozens of pages — including the lyrics to the iconic song.
Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., speaks about FY2013 spending levels at a news conference at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Democrats are expected to challenge the medicare provisions of the House GOP budget proposal.
Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 7:30 am
Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor of The New Republic.
Imagine a politician held a press conference in order to boast about a plan that would take health insurance away from tens of millions of people, while effectively eliminating the federal government except for entitlements and defense spending. You probably can't, because no politician would ever do that.