Sunday Music

Sunday Music, Monday Edition

Time flies, even when one is busily doing nothing.
Of course no one never does “nothing” – there is always something “done” : Places are visited, pictures are snapped. And if this computer would be so nice to recognise & accept my camera (as it easily did before all those “updates” by microschuft) I even could show some of the mentioned pictures to you, venerated reader.
But on the other hand, there may be deep wisdom in this non-accepting of an ancient digital camera – aren’t there more than enough digital pictures flooding the web ? Why should I add a straw to the heap ? Most likely because it would tickle my vanity, ach vanitas, vanitas vanitatum
Now let’s hear some nice music : Mr Sonny STITT (Ger., Eng.) plays a title called Blue Prelude, it is found on his 1959 lp Sonny Stitt blows the Blues (Eng.).
I hope you like the music – may we all, especially MsScarlet – have a relaxed and stress free week !

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Sunday Music

Sunday Music, on Tuesday

Actually I’m not here. Here is no where.
I am pretty happy that nothing happens.
The sun shines, the moon glows.
So Mssrs PIZZARELLI (Ger., Eng.) and VIGNOLA (Ger., Eng.) perform Moonglow.
I hope you like the music, may it be peaceful in your world.

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Sunday Music

Sunday Music

According to the weatherpeople the high temperatures in the middle thirties (Celsius of course) will stay with us until Wednesday. This evening rain will fall & on Thursday the big bang will come with thunder, rain and anything fun, so that we’ll find us from Thursday onwards in the mid-twenties. Man darf gespannt sein …
Yesterday while driving through the Rhine valley the thermometer showed 40°C outside. When we stopped for a drink, we sat for a minute or so in the car while the engine was idling, before I switched it off. When I opened the door the proverbial brick of heat hit me. One could feel it working itself through the soles of the shoes, every inch of tarmac was reflecting heatwaves. We stood in the shadow of a nearby tree and drank some water, but quickly decided that we had baked enough, and that the best place would be inside the cooled cabin of my friend’s car.
Her visit in Switzerland already had come to an end. I went in Southern direction by train, she picked me up, I drove the car home. The South-North rhinevalley Autobahn was stuffed, the stretch of the West-East-connection, from (roughly) the Frankfurt region towards Nuremberg I used, also was crowded ; the last South-North-part on the other hand was remarkably quiet, even relaxing to drive. She has spent a good time in the Swiss wilderness, and we ended the day with some beer under a tree, far from any tarmac, all nice.
Now without further ado some friendly Sunday Music. The Anouar Brahem Quartet performs live at the festival Les Suds (Fr.) at Arles (Ger., Eng.) in July 2016, the title is Halfaouine. BRAHEM (Ger., Eng.) is a Tunisian oud player of his very own right.
I hope you like the music, you can cope with the heat – may it be a peaceful week.

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Sunday Music

Sunday Music

I wanted to post something earlier, but since Friday afternoon I was doing only one of two possible things – sleep or take a nap. It is simply too hot to do something else, the promised thunderstorm never materialised. In Suebia they had some drops of rain, but the water evaporated as soon as it hit the streets.
Of course there was the moon spectaculum Fryday evening, I saw much of it, just in the first twenty minutes clouds prevented the view. Even more impressive than the little copper penny was when towards the end, beginning left, the shadow retreated and a clear, silver, beaming moon resurfaced – I could follow this until a little bit more than half moon, than the trabant vanished behind the corner of the house.
Friday midday was my vehicle’s last journey for this school year. One of the boys finished school, so I saw him for the last time. As usual nothing is sure for the coming new school year, I do not even know if I’ll have this vehicle again, if I drive again. But this is normal, and weeks ahead – now it’s August and vacancy !
“Hot as hell” some exaggerate – what brings us effortlessly to today’s Sunday Music, the aria Che Farò Senza Euridice, from the third act of GLUCKs (Ger., Eng.) Orfeo ed Euridice (first Vienna 1762) (Ger., Eng.), here in the version of Mr Philippe JAROUSSKY (Ger., Eng.). When I read somewhere years ago that Mr JAROUSSKY would be better if he stopped singing only JAROUSSKY, I thought it to be a bit unfair. The quip is of course nothing new, I heard it the first time about RUBINSTEIN ages ago (“Rubinstein spielt immer Rubinstein, egal ob Mozart oder Chopin” – the same in variations for Menuhin and a lot of others). But I think for JAROUSSKY there is a little bit of truth in it. Now that he’s forty it is not “It’s ME ME ME, and I sing something !”, but it is more “Look ! It’s Gluck !”. Aaah yes, the award for the most annoying play on words goes to – Mr Mago, importable when well rested.
I hope you enjoy the music, get baked evenly, may we all find some cooling in the coming week.

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