Thursday, September 06, 2007

As Beautiful, As Soothing, As Kind, As Fleeting.

For a large part of my growing up, I dreamed of being an opera singer. I sang all the time, listened voraciously to classical music, watched what opera I could catch on Public Television, and tried composing my own music for the keyboard. I've tended to, recently, keep my love of the Opera under wraps...afterall, I've long since come to the realization that one does not become an opera singer without training since a wee age and afterall, I do not like all opera. The difference in quality between one opera singer and another can be so profound that to me their work sounds, at best, like two wholy different genres. But to listen to those who truly love what they do and who are not masters of the music but synonymous with it...The transformative quality of Pavarotti, Caruso, and Jose van Dam's voices have been called ethereal. However, I appreciate them more for their ability to ground make me feel at peace with the earth. On a warm autumn day, I like to come back from the library, clean from top to bottom (okay, mostly just the bottom), fling open the windows so my mix and match lace white curtains billow in the breeze, put on a recording of Nessun Dorma and sit out on the front steps with a book. While we still have his recordings...I'll miss Pavarotti's presence in this shared universe of ours. He was an amazingly beautiful person, transforming the world (and not just the privileged) with his golden voice.


two crows said...

hey AC--
have you caught Paul Potts on Britain's Got Talent?
he didn't exactly train, I don't think. but he _did_ sing all through his childhood [and suffered torment from the other kids as a result].

check out 9/11 on scattershot. :)

Alien Citizen said...

Hmmm, no I didn't see that. Will have to look it up on Utube later. Off to Scattershot I go.... :-) Still drinking water?

two crows said...

yep to the water.
AND have started swimming! EVERY DAY!
before I came down to fla I threatened that I would start exercising once I got here. who know I would actually follow through? :)

how's your cold?

two crows said...

hey, AC--
this is totally off thread:
I see you're not blogging much these days-- busy, busy, huh?
hope you get this.
Macy's has been hosting the Path to Peace Project in conjunction with women's cooperatives in Rwanda for about a year now.

apparently it has had the hoped-for results [good PR for the company and, probably, warm-fuzzy feelings among top management]

anyhow they're doing it again:
this Saturday there's a 20% sale coupled with some percentage of sales going to good causes.

so, go shopping at Macy's this Saturday! and spread the word!

the more other companies see us reward Macy's for this sort of behavior by buying their stuff, the more likely they are to grow consciences, too.
and the more Macy's sees it working for their bottom line, the more likely they are to keep it up.

as for me, I had planned to buy some cookware at Big Lots this weekend [there's a sale there, too.]
but, now I'm gonna get it at Macy's instead. . . .

TomCat said...

Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! SantaCat wishes you all a purrrfect Christmas.

Next year, please leave catnip with the milk and cookies. :-)

You are missed, friend.

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