I'm well, the stitches are out and the dressing/soft cast is off -- a freeing experience for me. I'm making lists and checking tasks off as I complete them -- this in itself feels good.
My friend TAG at The Amature Gigolo got me thinking this afternoon. He's featuring a contest on the 100 pieces of music that one should know and understand -- pieces that broaden and define. I've taken that to mean music that has affected me on a grand scale. And while I may not list 100 pieces, I will try to recall that music which helps define who I am. I reiterate that I had always wanted to be a professional singer and I had intended to major in voice so music has forever been a big part of my life. In the thousands of compositions that I've sung or listened to, there are quite a few that have moved me. Here is a partial list. Perhaps some of these have been important to you as well.
1. Handel's Messiah -- the entire work. I've sung it hundreds of times and each time it affects me the same way.
2. "Canon in D Minor" by Pachabel
3. "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables
4. "Do You Hear the People Sing" from Les Mis
5. The entire score of West Side Story
6. "Rainbow Connection"
7. "Brian's Song"
8. "Rhapsody in Blue"
9. "Seasons of Love" from Rent
10. "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka
11. The Brandenburg Concertos by Bach
12. "For Good" from Wicked
13. "Bad Day" Daniel Powter
14. The theme from The Champ by Dave Grusin
15. "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
16. "Bess" from Porgy and Bess by Cole Porter
17. "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha
18. "The Last Farewell" sung by Roger Whitaker
19. "Shed a Little Light" by James Taylor
20. "Walking in Memphis" Lonestar
21. The theme from Casino Royale as performed by the Tijuana Brass
22. "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys
23. "Trumpeter's Voluntary"
24. "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by Handel
25. Marcello's "Oboe Concerto in D Minor"
26. The theme from The West Wing
27. "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copeland
28. "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copeland
29. "The Planets" by Gustav Holst
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.