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September 27, 2012


Your penultimate paragraph gives me goosebumps. It's beautiful and moving. This has been a wonderful week Ira. We thank you for your contributions to this blog.
I too love later Holiday.(A friend once observed that when he listens to Holiday, he thinks things are only going to get worse, no matter what song she's singing, but when he listens to Ella, he believes things will get better.) I noticed a few years ago that I prefer the later years of certain female vocalists (Rosemary Clooney and Lee Wiley are two and Barbara Cook can make you weep, especially when she sings "I'll Be Seeing You.") And though Ella maintained her purity to the end, her voice did deepen and become a bit more world-weary). Sometimes, just as I need upbeat rhythmic music to get me to clean house or go for a run, when I want to be in touch with sadness or grief I sometimes need certain music to get me there. Those of us who know which track to play are fortunate indeed. Auden said something like "the ear wants the familiar" and I agree. And how about those times when you hear something familiar and it surprises you by arousing feelings you didn't know were buried? So much here Ira. Thanks again.

Wow. What a feast for the ears and the heart. Thank you, Ira.

Thanks for your sweet note, Laura. Sharing great music's one of life's inexhaustible pleasures, so I appreciate your generosity.

This is a great post! And what about the sitting in the chair and listening to good music I’m doing it right now. I’m listening to an amazing disk of Beethoven’s compositions performed by Maxim Rysanov, Kristina Blaumane and Jacob Katsnelson, which I’ve recently found at onyxclassics site. So while reading your last lines in this post I almost felt the taste of wine…

Thank you Mary for your thoughtful post. I don't know the Beethoven, though Rysanov has the sweetest, most romantic tone in a Brahms trio I know. I love the arpeggione, but prefer it, inauthentic as it might be, on the cello, especially on the Bows of Queyras, Rostropovich and Starker. Glad you enjoyed the music.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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