Monday, May 22, 2017

Life in the Fast Lane, Again!

My life has continued in its breakneck pace as I try to take care of everyday things and get ready for my trip.  Hence the lateness of this post that really should have been up yesterday, but... life intervened, lol!  Anyway I have been spread thin and I have tried to cover all the bases before I am scheduled to leave.  Will is staying home and because he is less than adequate, shall we say, when it comes to cooking, I have had to come up with menu items that he can reheat in the oven or microwave.  So I have selected a few of his favorites like my taco mix and orange chicken to double cook on this week.  I have also provided some hot pockets, pizza and a couple of cafe steamer things as well as extra cereal, peanut butter and hot dogs.  I think he will not starve to death while I am gone so I am pretty much set for the trip except for the packing.

I was able to catch up on most everything else over the weekend which frees me up to concentrate on work and resting up for the drive to Virginia.  Now if I can just get the world to not depend on me so much this week, maybe I can get outta here on time and escape to the beach where they can't find me.  I am looking forward to a week of RNR as well as catching up with some old friends back on the east coast.  It is the first real vacation I have taken in years ('stay-cations' don't count) and I think it is about time I took one.  My mind set right now reminds me of a movie title from way too many years ago "Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!!" and I mean that figuratively of course.  However a week without real responsibilities other  than eat, sleep and have a good time will do me wonders I bet.  Then I can come back refreshed and ready to deal with my real world once again.  Let's hope it works ūüėČ!!

For your listening pleasure today I have a compilation video of The Best Classical Adagios Ever as presented by Classical Tunes with works by 7 different composers included.   I also liked the photo used in video as it fits the vacation state of mind theme I have going today.  You will find the complete play list under the video.

Francesco Geminiani - Preludio / Sarabanda, from Concerto No. 8 in e minor
J.S.Bach - Andante from Harpsichord & Cello SonataBWV 1028
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio / Grave, from Symphony a Cinque in A Major, Op. 2/3
Francesco Geminiani - Preludio, from Concerto No. 9 in A Major
Zipoli - Adagio for Oboe, Cello, Organ & Strings
Georg Friedrich Handel - Largo, from the Opera “XERXES”
Francesco Antonio Bonporti - Adagio Assai - Concerto a Quattro in F Major, Op. 11/5
Francesco Geminiani - Preludio / Sarabanda, from Concerto No. 10 in F Major
J.S.Bach - Sinfonia from Cantata 156
J.S.Bach - Sinfonia from Cantata 21
J.S.Bach - Adagio, from Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
Georg Friedrich Handel - Larghetto, from Lute & Harp Concerto Op/6
Tomaso Albinoni - Adagio / Grave, from Symphony a Cinque Op. 2/6
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto a 4 “Madrigalesco” in d minor, RV 129


Finally for today, I have a few scrumptious speci-Men  frolicking about in a vacation state of mind down below for your perfect perusing pass time.  Thanks for the visit, we will commune here once again upon my return.  Oh, and as always, Enjoy!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day and Other Things

In the United States, the second Sunday in May is celebrated annually as Mother's Day.  I have had my issues with this day for many a year as I was saying in last week's post.  However, while the celebration of Motherhood and Mothers' contribution to society is good, the commercialization of the holiday drove the founding Mother of Mother's Day crazy.  She protested for many years and was even arrested for disturbing the peace.  I can feel her frustration, having been the subject of command performance celebrations over the years. 
I spent most of the day trying to ignore the fact, but you can't really ignore the day, it is everywhere.  You can't get near a restaurant without waiting in a line,  and everyone tries to get in on the act somehow.  I did pretty good until I woke up from my nap this afternoon only to have to fight off a panic attack for the first couple of hours until my medicine kicked in.  Then my friend called who needed a little help and off I went to get out of my past self and into living in the present again.  Even with therapy and medicine, sometimes my mind just bush wacks me.
Just recently I have been contacted by a woman who  is the author of Jen Reviews.  She ran across this post from nearly 2 years ago  in which I describing the career of Clara Schumann who was the first  recognized female composer while also being the wife of composer Robert Schumann and a Mother to her children.  Clara spent a lot of time in Austria as did most anyone who was anyone in music back then made it to Vienna and/or Salzburg.  It was my reference to Austria that triggered her interest.  Jen on her web is pretty straight forward as on the home page she states "On this site you will find: In-depth, no-BS reviews, Clever life hacks, and Practical money-saving tips.  Each article is typically upwards of 5,000 to 10,000 words. My goal is to recommend only the best product to you and to give you the one-stop resource you need to make the best decision for you and your family."

Her 100 Best Things to do in Austria is a comprehensive guide to everything good and beautiful in that country.  Her site does more than travel reviews and I will need some more time to discover all her site has to offer.  Take some time to pay her a visit at Jen Reviews, tell her Uncle Gerry sent you. 

Now because it is Mother's Day, I thought I would reprise the Piano Works of Clara Schumann which I used in the post from back in 2015.  It is fitting to listen to music written by a Mother on Mother's Day, the complete play list is after the video.  It is late and I am going to close this out by saying Happy Mother's Day to those who are Mothers past, present and those who hope to be.  Oh and until next time as always. Enjoy!

0:00 Sonate in G minor: I Allegro
8:20 Sonate in G minor: II Adagio
11:30 Sonate in G minor: III Scherzo
14:06 Sonate in G minor: IV Rondo
19:36 Romanze in B minor (Langsam)
25:04 Impromptu in E major (Allegro ma non troppo)
27:29 Romanze in A minor
32:20 Scherzo Op.10 in D minor (Scherzo con passione Presto)
37:04 Deuxieme Scherzo Op.14 in C minor (Con fuoco)
41:12 Präludium in F minor (Im lebhaften tempo)
42:55 Soirees musicales Op.6 I Toccatina in A minor (Presto)
44:55 Soirees musicales Op.6 II Notturno in F major (Andante con moto)
49:42 Soirees musicales Op.6 III Mazurka in G minor (Moderato)
53:18 Soirees musicales Op.6 IV Ballade in D minor (Andante con moto)
59:27 Soirees musicales Op.6 V Mazurka in G major (Con moto)
1:01:53 Soirees musicales Op.6 VI Polonaise in A minor (Non troppo Allegro)
1:05:33 Etude in A flat major
1:07:25 Marsch in E flat major (Lebendig)


Sunday, May 07, 2017

"The Merry Month Of May"

When I was growing up, May was always a big deal around my house.  First there was Mother's Day with all the religious reverence for motherhood on ample display at church followed a week or so later by Mother's birthday.  Both reasons for much celebration in my early life.  Then once we got through all that, then finally it was my turn for a celebration of my own birthday 8 days after Mother's.  This usually coincides with Memorial Day Weekend with some years Memorial Day actually being my birthday.   I always thought the Nation took a holiday because it was my birthday before I was old enough to understand the significance of the holiday.  
In my adult years, it was much the same except Mother's Day and her birthday were now command performances complete with appropriate attire, flowers, gift or both.  After the Navy and I parted ways, those days remained command performances, but were anything but joyous celebrations for me.  The days events usually ended up in heartache and tears all the way home, so much so that just the thought of May approaching brought dread into my heart.  No one remembered my birthday except my Mother.  That was only if I had made the right genuflections and applied the appropriate bribe for her good favor.  That even got fewer and further between as the chasm widened by my Mother's refusal to accept and deal with reality.  The first two years after Dad died, she didn't remember at all.  So getting to Memorial Day Weekend was a marathon of highly charged emotions and undue expense to be survived.  The celebration was because I got through another May.  
After Dad died, I really did just disappear from family life.  I was not informed, invited or required to put in an appearance.  This is because of my Mother's mastery of if we don't say it, acknowledge it or believe it, then it is not so, can't be so and will not be believed to be so, all in accordance with  the strictest of Southern Baptist Religious Propriety and Southern Decorum.  I finally quit going and saved myself the heart ache and tears until Mother's later years when she made a half hearted attempt to include me in things for appearances sake.  
There is more than enough heartache, tears and of course guilt now that she is gone to weigh any ten people down, not just me.  Now the family ignores me unless it is absolutely necessary.  I say good riddance because now I have reasons to celebrate in May.  
My buddy Steeler Joe has a birthday on the 10th, Will has his on the 17th and them mine is the 27th.  All happy occasions to celebrate.  This year I am doing it up right and actually going on a real vacation.  I am driving up to visit my old friend Steve R in Virginia Beach and stay for a few days.  I have reservations at the Hilton.  I am on vacation and Steve does have triplet 11 year old boys, so I thought a hotel was the best move.  That way Steve and I can catch up but I don't put a big stumbling block in the family routine as far as the boys go.  I am so looking forward to it.  I am leaving on the 25th and returning June 1.  I will not be posting that weekend but promise pictures and stories when I return.   So here's to a very Merry Month of May all around for everyone!


For your listening pleasure we again visit with an Italian Baroque Master and one of my all time favorite composers: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi.  The mandolin was essentially the instrument of amateur musicians in the early to mid 18th century. Vivaldi composed many concerti and trios for the young ladies of the Ospiedale della Pieta – including the famous G major RV532, which must rank as one of his most popular works after the Four Seasons. 

The concerti and trios on this CD make a delightful program, written for the pleasure of gifted students and patrons, full of the hallmarks of Vivaldian style that will not disappoint those who love the famous Four Seasons violin concertos from his Op.8 set. Simple, catchy melodies abound, in both still and often poignant slow movements as well as sparky fast movements. 

This recording was released in 2009 on the Brilliant Classics label by L'Arte dell'Arco under the baton of Federico Guglielmo.  Frederico Gugliemo studied with Salvatore Accardo, Isaac Stern and The Amadeus, LaSalle and Quartetto Italiano string quartets before turning to period instrument performance under the guidance of Christopher Hogwood.  A complete track listing is below the video. 

00:00:00 Concerto for 2 mandolins, strings and continuo in G Major RV 532
00:03:54 Concerto for 2 mandolins, strings and continuo in G Major RV 532
00:08:15 Concerto for 2 mandolins, strings and continuo in G Major RV 532
00:11:48 Concerto for mandolin, strings and continuo in C Major RV 425
00:14:26 Concerto for mandolin, strings and continuo in C Major RV 425
00:17:44 Concerto for mandolin, strings and continuo in C Major RV 425
00:19:57 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in g Minor RV 85
00:24:00 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in g Minor RV 85
00:27:01 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in g Minor RV 85
00:28:53 Concerto for 2 Violin, lute and basso in D Major RV 93
00:32:22 Concerto for 2 Violin, lute and basso in D Major RV 93
00:36:33 Concerto for 2 Violin, lute and basso in D Major RV 93
00:38:44 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in C Major RV 82
00:42:51 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in C Major RV 82
00:45:54 Trio for Violin, lute and basso in C Major RV 82
00:47:52 Concerto for Viola d’amore, lute, strings and basso in d Minor RV 540
00:53:13 Concerto for Viola d’amore, lute, strings and basso in d Minor RV 540
00:56:15 Concerto for Viola d’amore, lute, strings and basso in d Minor RV 540
00:59:47 Concerto for harpsichord, strings and continuo in A Major RV 780
01:03:30 Concerto for harpsichord, strings and continuo in A Major RV 780
01:05:40 Concerto for harpsichord, strings and continuo in A Major RV 780

To close out the day I once again have just one model and only three photographs of one amazingly beautiful young man.  The young man in question definitely has some Latin heritage in there somewhere be it Italian or Hispanic, it is all beautiful and surging with life.  Scroll down and peruse at your leisure.  Thank you for your visit, do come again and as always, Enjoy!