Posts in category "music"
Author’s note: This morning in my garden I came upon a bunch of crocuses (pictured above). Their beauty took me by surprise. Breathtaking. Angelic. They seemed to be breaking out in song. And I thought about a boy choir from London that I had seen on Channel 11, Libera. The 32 boys in the... Read more »
Last night I went to bed about 10 p.m. A hour and a half later I got up with an upset stomach. Took something for it and turned on the TV. On CBS a commercial had just ended and the announcer for Letterman returned with the following: “He was highfalutin. A friend of Rasputin.... Read more »
Where are the songs of yesteryear? The tunes that you could hum. Now they have words you cannot hear And what they say is dumb. Where are the songs of yesteryear? Whose strains were so romantic. Now at a volume too much for the ear They leave you all frazzled and frantic. Where are the... Read more »
“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare in “Twelfth Night”. The Bard probably knew from experience how passion is nourished by sweet sounds. Most lovers have a signature song that whenever it’s heard later in life will rekindle memories of the beginnings of their romance. Our song is “Misty”. The... Read more »
Our coterie of theatergoers—6 of us, 3 cousins and their wives—had been waiting for this moment for over six months. When the curtain opened at the Civic Opera House at the Wednesday matinee, the moment finally arrived. We were swiftly transported to an abbey near the Austrian Alps. Where the nuns were chanting a... Read more »
Today in 1732 Was born Franz Joseph Haydn. If you’re of Austrian descent He’s someone you take pride in Over a hundred symphonies He’s noted for composing. And there is one called “The Surprise” He wrote to wake the dozing. He was a friend of Mozart and Taught Beethoven technique In India you’ll hear his... Read more »
Today’s the birthday of J.S. Bach Who wrote sacred music for a Lutheran flock. Among the Baroque there wasn’t one savvier. His most famous work is the “Well-Tempered Clavier”. “In writing his monumental ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ Bach once again wanted to create music that would help his wife and children learn to play the keyboard instruments.... Read more »
Born today was Nat King Cole Whose vocals evoked a romantic glow. Who else has phrased a melody As crisp and clearly as did he? On a personal note, during my college days, when I commuted to De Paul’s northside campus, I’d come home, put on the above album, crash on the sofa and... Read more »
Born today was Lawrence Welk In North Dakota land of elk. On the road to success he did cut his Knot Gordian By leading a band and by playing accordion.
Born today Enrico Caruso Great tenors like him there have been just few so. La Donna e Mobile was one of his staples. Once being booed he stopped singing in Naples. “It was in 1901, the year of his greatest success at La Scala, when Caruso suffered his cruelest blow. The audience he most wanted... Read more »