Temecula vineyards are dying.
I visited Temecula wine country yesterday and was shocked by how dead the vines looked. We haven’t had anything approaching a rainy day in Southern California since February, almost a year now. I have a theory that SoCal will look more like Phoenix in about twenty years. Which means the people who run the ski lifts up in the mountains might as well dismantle their equipment and sell it at auction. There won’t be enough snow to support the industry. A view outside my window shows no snow at all in the mountains, which should be white capped in January.
The weather service says there’s a chance of rain this Tuesday so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
#wp #climate change
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Schubert & Brahms found at the library — I found this delightful CD at the public library for $1.
In addition to two Schubert songs, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serling accompany Brahms’ “Lieberslieder.” Sony’s Essential Classics are always a good buy.
#wp #Schubert #Brahms
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Sometimes I don’t feel like turning on the computer to type up a list — in this case, a list of composers — so I turn to my trusty IMB Actionwriter. Works every time.
Most critics did not like Barenboim’s recordings of Beethoven’s thirty two piano sonatas when they were first released, finding fault with the extreme tempos, but I find them spontaneous and scintillating. There’s nothing I like more in music than a bit of thoughtful provocation, and there’s plenty of that here.
I get a big thrill from these performances although they would not be my first choice. There are moments when they are not well played, the pianist walking some extreme edge, passages not well articulated, as if what Beethoven wrote on the page meant little to the pianist.
Yet, despite the wrong rhythms and the glossed-over details, these recordings are appealing, and I will gladly place them next to my treasured Brendel and Giles.
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My composer portraits are now available on various products – I’ve been painting portraits of famous composers in acrylic inks and love how expressive the inks allow me to be. The consistent effect is somewhat similar to a woodcut, but in different colors.
My art is now for sale plastered on everything from pillows to clocks, and it’s all kind of crazy when I remind myself that I’ve been dabbling in art for less than two years.
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The Caedmon LP Cover
This is a full-cast performance featuring Robert Foxworth, Pamela Payton-Wright, Stuart Pankin, and Jerome Dempsey and cast. I use this full audio recording of The Crucible in my classroom and intend no copyright infringement. It’s for educational purposes only.
It was produced by The Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center (under the direction of Jules Irving and Robert Symonds) and directed by John Berry.
The Caedmon LP Cover
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Into the Wild – a student gave me this VW bus keychain today. She said it reminded her of Chris McCandless. We just finished reading Into the Wild, and students are now working on their projects.
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William Gass was an unheralded master. I was always fond of the breadth and scope of his essays, not so much his fiction. “Habitations of the Word” was one of his finest collections among several equally imposing.
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CPE Bach always wrote beautifully for the flute, and this disc won’t disappoint. Can’t go wrong with this Phoenix Edition CD.
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Telemann and Diabelli Variations. Then-Bergh’s playing is grand but the recording is too tinny for my tastes.
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