Finally autumn arrived in full. Today I woke up to the rushing sound of a heavy downpour. Last week the temperature fell to 2° C, there were two or three chilly mornings. No freezing yet. This was the first regular working week, routine establishes itself, es schuggelt sich ein. My co-driver is, well, un-thrilling & un-upsetting. The kids are generally carefree, we had our share of excitement at the beginning. The vehicle passed the TÜV test (Ger., Eng. ; I think that’s MOT (Eng.) in the UK) with flying colours, what simply means that the technical “stuff” is tested & cleared. So things are calm & quiet at work, which is nothing to sneeze at. Today’s Sunday Music is a Tarantella per Violino e Pianoforte (1929) composed by Alfredo CASELLA (1883-1947) (Ger., Eng.), here in a version from 1931 for Violoncello e Pianoforte by Luigi SILVA (1903-1961). I hope you like the music. May the coming week be carefree and easy for all of us.
Heavy clouds hang over Franconia, now & then they deliver cold rain. Yesterday I watched those nice people who collect the grapes for my wine doing their job in the vinyard across from my living room. They were drenched with cold water at least twice, but never gave up : Great folks ! Carry on ! I slept well the second night in a row, ten hours last night, from Frayday to Saturday a bit more than eleven. Maybe the change of weather (and a little work related stress) cause this. And the early rise also plays a role, I just have to get used to the new (old) rhythm again. Time to meander into the kitchen. I had provided all things needed for a potato salad yesterday evening, so it’s just peel, cut, and mix. Of curse the product needs to sit for a while, the single ingredients need to find together – in German this is called “durchziehen lassen”. I can not think of a proper translation to English, but I am sure that something alike exists in English cuisine too – would you, venerated reader, help me with the translation, please ? Without further delay we’ll start Floatin‘ with Mr BARNES & the Jazz Renaissance Quartet (George BARNES (amplified guitar), Hank D’AMICO (clarinet), Billy BAUER (un-amplified guitar), Jack LESBERG (Bass), and Cliff LEEMAN (drums)), a title from their 1961 lp Movin’ Easy. I hope you enjoy the music. May the coming week bring nice surprises for all of us !
I am tired, a bit melancholic. No special reason, just autumn, harvest … Without further ado comes a Sunday Music : Toon FRET (about) on flute & Veronika ILTCHENKO (about) (piano) play a piece by Philippe GAUBERT (1879-1941) (Ger., Eng.), Deux Esquisses: II. Orientale. (Here another version, by Susan MILAN and Ian BROWN, just to compare.) I hope you like the music. May the coming week be a bearable, perhaps even “happy” one.
I think it has not happened very often that Sunday Music is published on Wednesday. Last Sunday I was not in the mood to look for music, write down words of wisdom etcetc.pp. Monday I had to be busy, yesterday was spent on the trains, half of today with the new vehicle. Yes, the new school year starts, and I am back to my driving life. Together with a brand new co-driver I will collect new kids in a nearby country town in generally Eastern direction – adventure, adventure. Tomorrow I will do the dry run, work out the time table, and have hopefully a friendly chat with (most of) the parents. I already disinfected the surfaces in the new vehicle, checked what had to be checked, and programmed the radio stations, classical music mostly. The holidays are steadily nearing their end, summer is also slowly leaving, another year passed. So let’s listen to Sam LANINs Famous Players & Singers (Ger., Eng.) and their version of Satan’s Holiday – hope you enjoy the music. Now let’s get through this week unharmed.