We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As an invincible 18 year old I was want to tear down the interstate, late at night,alone. Belly flat on the tank, feet on the rear pegs, throttle wide open, for as long as I dared. 160 was attainable, but it took a long time with the throttle pegged.
One of the first Walkmans with autoreverse (allowing you to listen to both sides of a cassette, uninterrupted) was my constant companion; it's new fangled "in ear" headphones fit under a helmet!
The tape of choice for these late night death teases was one I recorded myself. Side A was Dire Straits, Love Over Gold, side B was Wagners Ring Cycle
Wagner is baffling to those who don't get it. To those who get it, how anybody could not get it is baffling. There's no way to bridge the gap. Either your mind leaps it alone, or you don't clear the chasm.
For many years I considered myself "not a Wagner person." MetOpera Radio on Sirius plays so much of it, however, that over the past year it has sunk in and now I find it some of the most captivating music in the world. It's just gorgeous.
Debussey was, of course, quite willing to ride Wagner's coattails and his music is shamelessly derivative of Wagner. Without the Tristan chord, there would have been no Impressionist music.
Verdi said, "I stand in awe and terror of Tristan." It's a much more honest response than Debussey's. Love it or hate it, the Tristan chord -- rather the harmonic suspension of the Tristan chord and its constant development into other dissonant harmonies -- left music forever changed.
The Tristan chord finally resolves at the very end, at the moment that Isolde dies.