Helga Davis Talks Survival in 'The Best for the Worst'

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This is the first of five episodes in a series called The Best for the Worst which streams Fridays at 3 pm beginning Mar. 8 on Q2 Music. The Best for the Worst presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from Einstein on the Beach principal Davis herself along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. This week's episode: "Leaps of Faith." 

Host Helga Davis writes:

So all of this – all of it started as a kind of joke. I don’t even recall when I bought the book The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. I just remember standing in the shop and laughing uncontrollably at the absurdity of both the situations it presented and their counter-intuitive solutions.

Yet as I continued reading I soon realized that whether you're dealing with a charging bull, your parachute doesn't open, or you don’t know what to do next in your life, the founding principles for survival are the same.

Every good survival story begins with a leap of faith and should, in my opinion, have its own soundtrack! Just as easily as the idea came, so did the songs like allies, lending themselves to the joke with a wink and a nod.

This week's show is from the section, "Leaps of Faith." It is my hope that what you hear will help you listen better. Scroll down for a complete playlist of pieces played on this show.



Scenarios excerpted from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, Copyright © 1999 Quirk Productions, Inc.


Lukas Ligeti: Delta Space (excerpt)
John Hollenbeck: Gray Cottage Study No. 1, "Lost in Fog"
Donald Hagar: Leap Before You Look
Misha Alperin: Jump
Steve Reich: Different Trains (excerpt)
Andrzej Panufnik: String Sextet, "Trains of Thought"
Jacob Ter Veldhuis (JacobTV): Views From a Dutch Train
Michael Gordon: Every Stop on the F Train
Lona Kozik: Fast Jump: Etudes and Interludes for Piano