August 25th, 2012
Good heavens, where has the month of August disappeared to. It has been terribly hot here in the West, and it seems that we have been spending a great deal of time during the afternoons in the cool of the house, while all around us the tourists visit wineries, gambol in the lakes and on the beaches, and bike along the highways and byways in preparation for the Big Ironman Race that takes place this Sunday.
The race starts with a swim, continues with a bicycle course that circles the South Okanagan and Similkameen highways, and a foot race around Skaha Lake. The locals try especially to stay off the highways where enthusiastic bikers familiarize themselves with every little bump and advantage on the course.
It is a Big Event for Penticton and its merchants and wineries and everyone else who caters to the Tourist trade, but it only cause a very microscopic stir of excitement around this household.
What has been especially appreciated around here is the wonderful music we have been able to listen to over the last two days.
Yesterday morning I took advantage of a digital ticket provided by the Deutsche Bank for a marvelous Berlin Philharmonic Concert - Sir Simon Rattle conducted. The guest pianist was Yefim Bronfman and Brahms #2 in B Flat Major was the piece de resistance. The allegro appassionato was gorgeous, but the Andante, I thought, was especially wonderful.
Then we had a little Witold Lutoslawski and I cannot say that I was very impressed with the strange discords in his third Symphony - such a contrast to the Brahms. The concert ended with Tchaikovsky's Marche Miniature and a Slavonic Dance in C major. A gentleman who lives in Australia and listened to the concert at 3:00 a.m.gave it a wonderful critique, and I felt very lucky to have been able to listen at 9.30 a.m., and did appreciate Charles putting off our planned visit to our house and garden up on the hill, so I could do so.
Well, that wasn't the only nice musical thing that happened to me yesterday. While browsing online I found the website of UpChucky, who has the most wonderfully complete Jukebox or Radio records of each year, starting with 1940 I listened to "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", and "Blueberry Hill' and "Elmer's Tune" and "Stardust" and lots of Mills' Brothers music, and songs that overwhelmed me with nostalgia and made me wish that Charles and I could dance the way we did in those lovely by-gone years.
And then again today we visited the Legion late in the afternoon, had dinner there and listened to a great jazz band that played "Sweet Georgia Brown" and all sorts of other pieces from that same era that touch our memories and our hearts.
Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory