Today we go back to Holland. I think we are going to wait until Mark has finished a step in his weaving. I canceled my cello rehearsal so we have no specific time to return.
I finished Testimony: Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich this morning.
I couldn’t tell if I was tiring of his bitterness toward the end of the book or whether it gets more bitter at the end. I do remember that at the end of The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes recommends Elizabeth Wilson’s Shostakovich: A Life Remembered Second edition. He used it and the Memoirs to write historical fiction about Shostakovich. I should check the bio out.
Despite the sadness and bitterness in the Memoirs I continue to find myself drawn to the music of Shostakovich.
We watched “The Dresser” last night. It was excellent. I love both of the main actors. The screenplay was originally a play and was adapted in a wonderful way. I can’t say too much good about it. Seeing something this good makes me think I should be a bit more proactive and find other good things like this for Eileen and I to watch.
Irving Fields, Composer Who Infused Songs With Latin Rhythms, Dies at 101 – The New York Times
Bagels and Bongos. What’s not to like?
Toots Thielemans, Who Won Jazz Renown With the Harmonica, Dies at 94 – The New York Times
Then there’s this guy. He played on the Sesame Street Theme.
And on the Midnight Cowboy theme.
This is him doing it live. Cool stuff!
On Demand | Watch & Explore | Stratford Festival
Like I was saying above, I need to take more advantage of what’s available online. It only $4.99 to watch one of these on Amazon.
Acorn TV – New & Featured | The best British TV streaming on demand, commercial free.
Mark recommended this. I think it’s more in Eileen line than mine, but still, I’m interested. Thanks Mark!
A Basic Income Would Upend America’s Work Ethic—and That’s a Good Thing | The Nation
The future is coming.