I gave a recital of two great Mozart works at my home last Sunday, May 4th. Several good friends and colleagues joined me to play the Clarinet Trio and the Clarinet Quintet, both masterworks.
I decided to decorate my home with flowers, some cut from neighbors bushes and some from the store. Below are the photos. I love the way the scene with the white lilacs holds together with all the curly patterns in the Chinese art and the sculptures on the wall and on the table. The smaller bouquet of purple flowers is Wisteria cut from my own yard. The scent of lilacs and wisteria filled the house.
The sunflowers were on sale at the grocery store, and I think they look FAB in the cobalt vase on the mantle, like something out of a Georgia Okeefe painting.
Women’s beauty has inspired artists since the dawn of culture. Many of you have probably seen this, but I couldn’t resist giving it some more air time. The creator ingeniously melded together 100s of paintings of women through 500 years of art, giving the effect of a (mostly) seamless morph of one woman’s face. Watch the eyes as they look at you then through you, then coyly look away, then peer at some distant vision of utopia we may never know.
I can’t get over how satisfying this clip is! I’ve watched it a number of times. The Littlest Laughing Buddha shows us the way. Notice what happens when Daddy remains quiet for a few extra seconds in the middle. Baby gets impatient for more funny sounds. (I also love the sounds Papa makes: “PLONG!“) Let’s all get addicted to laughter!
I open a can
of cat food,
the “swick” of which
opens the scene
and the purring
begins. I am the maestro.
My orchestra is ready.
comes in stereo duet from
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