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.
Several years ago a young Asian woman was chosen to be the top recipient of an award as a Canadian artist. My apologies I don't know the name of that award, but I do know it is a recognition by the Canadian government. This little gal took her instrument across country on a road trip with her family(immigrants). The most memorable piece of this story is that she walked into a "real" truck stop and began playing her Cello and all was silent--there were tears, as people began to understand that this young woman was taking her prize and her gift back to the people. I heard this story several years ago on CBC Radio.
Which brings me to a question. I am looking into the purchase of a player(PC based). Do you know if there are very high quality collections of classical music that one can download from? My beloved is forever connected to his Ipod with great oldies, and country and western music. I would like to have the similar experience with great classical music. Any insights, or suggestions would be appreciated.
Probably most of us here linger or even stop for “sidewalk” musicians, give a few bucks, applaud. Some of them are unpaid pros and others just have the joy or temerity, but it’s always serendipity to run across them. The best I ever heard were in St. Petersburg and Tokyo but my favorite was a clarinetist who started playing at a lonely neighborhood lake here at home. He gifted us with classical, jazz and improv for five days and made the waters sing, until someone complained about the unauthorized noise and the police chased him away. He hadn’t asked for money, just a place to share some music, and we couldn’t allow him and ourselves that.