Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Roll Over Beethoven And Tell Chuck Berry's Sister The News

 December 27, 2023

   Back from Issaquah. Great food, thoughtful gifts, terrific grandkids, a view of the cosmos and a dose of Covid, to go.

Sky Quandrant 

   This is the view above the Christmas tree in Deena's living room. I was struck by the dynamic geometry and the blue cosmos against the star of the Christmas tree.

   Those Bortscheller kids are amazing. Franny McGoo painted a picture of Uno for Grandma Goose and when we got home Kathy put it on her wall next to the bed.

Kathy Sue Art Wall

   That's Franny's picture of Uno under the Day of the Dead skull and those are van Gogh crows on the right, with an Adelita at the bottom, by Franny's grandfather.

  Tested positive for Covid yesterday morning. So far, it's been a mild case and it probably didn't hurt that I had three vaccine shots at Walgreens last week. One for pneumonia, one for the flu and one for Covid. If I had to guess I probably got it from the following event.

   On Christmas Even we went to the theater to see a famous ballet.

Nutcracker Bound!

   "The Nutcracker" was first performed in 1892 and it was not successful. The composer of the ballet had a troubled life, starting with perhaps an almost unpronounceable name: Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Despite the original scathing reviews, the Nutcracker has become the most frequently performed of all ballets and has served as an introduction to classical music for many kids, like ours!

   As for the ridiculously convoluted name of the composer, Chuck Berry made him immortal as far as I am concerned, when he wrote a ditty dedicated to his older sister Lucy, who hogged the piano in their household to play classical tunes:

"Roll Over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news."

—Chuck Berry, creatively telling his sister the jig is up on classical music and rock 'n' roll is here to stay 

1 comment:

  1. The Christmas atmosphere is great. We are preparing to welcome a new year again.


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