what are you hearing?
It's odd, Daryl, but I can't find the Yo Yo Ma set [two CDs, Bach,
Goldberg Variations]; my wife must have it in her vehicle. It's a
terrific recording. A real head piece. I remember going to a party once
when it was played followed by Rostopovich's recording--and we debated
the merits of each or both on into the night.
The good news is that, when looking for Ma's recording, I found my
Jerry Garcia-David Grisman CD [that's what it's called: "Jerry
Garcia/David Grisman"]. This is another one that's worth running down.
If you don't know Grisman, he may be the best mandolin picker that ever
lived. He's one of those blue grass guys, like Peter Rowan [remember
"The Free Mexican Airforce"?], that seem to be all over the place--and
comfortable about it.
About this time of year: It has always been a problem for me. Most
"christmas" music is soppy-sappy crap orchestrated to make you feel
festive and mindless in the aisles at Wal-Mart. And by now [December 8]
it has grown truly tiresome. There used to be a classical music station
DJ in Washington who played christmas music in July and not in October,
November, December, and [in case you missed it] January. And it has
always torqued me that the greedy co-opted Handel's "Messiah" to sell
give-away sentimentality among the pine boughs and snowflakes [and
amused me, of course, because Handel would have done it himself if it
had occurred to him].
You asked if I have a favorite. Yes. My all time favorite of all time
is the Julliard String Quartet of the late-1970s early-1980s playing
almost anything--a Beethoven quartet preferred. Robert Mann and Richard
Carliss on violin, Samuel Rhodes on viola, and [blush, I don't
remember] on cello. Mann was to the Strad what Grisman is to the
mandolin. Fantastic. And, if you're in the audience, genuinely heart
On Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 05:05 PM, Daryl wrote:
By the way, I love your juxtaposition w/Yo Yo Ma. Do you have a
At this time of year, my mix might be Iron Butterfly, Yo Yo Ma and
"Christmas in Dixie". And maybe a Canzon of Gabrielli.
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