Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Theme Song

Day 42: Oct. 16, 2013

I love the music we're playing in Symphony this week. We're playing a Gershwin piano concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic dances and a short John Adams piece called Lollapalooza. The Gershwin has a lot of beautiful wind solos. It makes me want to be a trumpet player. And the Rachmaninoff is so beautiful, I get wrapped up in it while playing.  A saxophone solo near the beginning of the piece melts me every time I hear it.  Before the sax comes in there are some other winds noodling around that make me think of baby birds, then the big mommy bird saxophone comes in to make sure the babies are doing ok. I know, super weird. 

I feel grateful that I can hear. I really believe that if I had to choose between the ability to see and the ability to hear, I would choose the latter. At the same time, I am sensitive to noise. And I have passed this trait down to my daughter who spent the first two years of her life with her fingers in her ears to block out alarming sounds, like men's voices. (In the beginning, she hated all unfamiliar men.) And I remember being in a room with a movement from Beethoven's sixth symphony playing in the background on repeat. It played very softly, over and over and over. No one else noticed this was happening, it was that soft. I began to feel panicky, and finally, stole over to the stereo and turned it off. 

And as I was discussing with a friend the other day, the new Superman movie does not have the theme song in the soundtrack. This is a major problem for me. Without the theme song, it might as well be just another action film with a predictable plot and bad dialogue. I know, I'm a lame ass when it comes to movies. But seriously, how can this be? Who decided this? Strangely, I feel connected to the song, probably because I played it on stage with John Williams last year during one of the Symphony's "special" concerts. I'm singing it to myself right now, and I'm just pissed that the Superman movie people left it out.

Coffee: Tomorrow I will tell you about how my reusable cup fell apart, and I seem to have lost my other cups too. (Disaster.) And how Starbucks has a new cup that costs $1 that you can use for about 30 days before it falls apart, then you can recycle it. Kind of interesting.

Cups and Bags Challenge: If you use a reusable cup, email me here and I'll donate a dollar to Bring Recycling!


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