I have so much going on in my head and my life at the moment with little time during the day to journal. I find myself rambling as I start writing. Until I can gather my thoughts in a more logical sequence, I’ve decided to merely jot down odd happenings here and there.
Besides my cousin, the Opera Lady, Colonialist also, is astounded that I do not enjoy Opera. I found it necessary to clarify… I really love classical music (I did in fact play the piano throughout my school years and learned at the Conservatoire of Music in Pretoria) as well as Ballet and I often attend the Symphony. My father was a jazz pianist and saxophonist and adored the Opera. I’m convinced that because he dragged my mom to the Opera so often when she was pregnant with me, is the reason I dislike it so much. However much I tell my cousin though, she will not let it rest and continues harping on more reasons why I should like it.
However, I’m not a total pleb… I do still like some – perhaps it’s the more commercialised and modern versions that I enjoy, but just to illustrate what I mean, the embedded video below I LOVE! The Israeli Philharmonic did a ‘viral’ type “spontaneous” concert in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv 4 weeks ago (on the weekend of 4th July). This I can listen to (and watch), over and over… Col… I hope this redeems me somehow? :)
I lived in Israel in the late 80’s early 90’s and Dizengoff Square was a favourite haunt of ours, hence I particularly loved this presentation. It’s the IPO performing Verdi’s, Il Trovatore. Enjoy!
I have an hectic week ahead – Nix is off to Utah for a conference from Sunday to Friday and I’m going to be “Charles in charge” … of the 4 kids. I’m not stressed at all, but my son-in-law seems to be! He’ll be here before and after work to help, but I know he doesn’t cook! At least he can bathe the younger kids! Fortunately Jed has warmed to me the past month. He is still a mommy’s boy though.. as he sees her, he just about crawls into her skin!