Last night, or this morning, I was dreaming that I was in some kind of large structure and I was riding up on some kind of strange thing - sort of like a spiral escalator - and I said something that sounded very profound - a Universal Truth if there ever was one. But then I woke up and realized that it was just silly and not even true.

After that, I started thinking about the famous quotes that we're always repeating. Some of them that sound important because they're elegantly or cleverly worded, if you really think about them, are actually just silly. Hmmm... maybe this time I have hit upon a Universal Truth. Now if only I can think of some elegant or clever way to say it.

Two Favorites

A few days ago (Friday, March 26) while he was browsing through my links page, all the way down below the blogs, in the music section, Robert, said something very strange: "...and, if you're feeling a little fringy - Vivaldi & Dvorak (who I like, but am surprised someone else likes enough to make the centerpiece of a website)." Wow, that's... That just doesn't compute. It's like a kid being surprised that anyone likes candy.

I don't have just one favorite composer but Dvorak is constantly battling with Mozart for the top spot. Dvorak is awesome and it is shocking to think that he might not be in everyone's top ten. If you've only heard a little Dvorak you've probably heard his 9th Symphony, titled From the New World, his String Quartet #12, The American, both composed during the few years he lived in America in the early 1890s, and possibly the Serenade for Strings, the Serenade for Winds and one or two of the Slavonic Dances. Those are the first pieces I heard. If you've heard and liked those you might also like the other late symphonies and string quartets as well as the quintets and piano trios. And if you like choral music you absolutely must listen to Dvorak's Stabat Mater - a very emotional and moving work.

Vivaldi is another favorite of mine - in my top ten, maybe even my top five composers. He wrote a lot more than just The Four Seasons.

He also wrote a number of vocal works which, oddly, are not included in the list. I think there are some of Vivaldi's works that have never been recorded. Vivaldi was almost forgotten for about 200 years until early in the 20th century when a large number of works were rediscovered.

Wow... I get all misty-eyed just thinking about that. I can't imagine the world without Vivaldi's beautiful music. My favorite (if I had to pick just one) is the Concerto in G for 2 Mandolins. There's a lot more. Start anywhere; it's all great.