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  • 2019 March 31: Chopin

    March 31, 2019 10:30

    One evening, when all were assembled in a salon, Liszt played one of Chopin's nocturnes, to which he took the liberty of adding some embellishments. Chopin's delicate intellectual face, which still bore the traces of recent illness, looked disturbed; at last he could not control himself any longer, and in that tone of sang froid which he sometimes assumed he said, 'I beg you, my dear friend, when you do me the honor of playing my compositions, to play them as they are written or else not at all.' 'Play it yourself then,' said Liszt, rising from the piano, rather piqued.(more )

  • 2019 Mar 24, 2019

    March 24, 2019 10:30

    In a former life I found myself on the road (with my glass armonica) in a Motel 6 in the middle of nowhere. There were maybe 4 channels on the TV — CNN, a couple shopping channels, and Trinity Broadcast Network. Trinity is a super-evangelical TV network, but I just wanted maybe 30 minutes to wind down before going to sleep and "the absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."(more )

  • 2019 March 17: A Prayer in the Still of the Night

    March 17, 2019 10:30

    In the Old Testament we find the story of Samuel — a prophet who ultimately anoints David as King of Israel. At a young age Samuel is apprenticed to the priest Eli, and one night he thinks he hears Eli calling. Samuel comes running, and Eli says, "It wasn’t I, go back to bed." This happens again, and Eli tells him again to go back to bed. The third time, however, Eli is awake enough to realize that it is the Lord calling to Samuel, and Eli instructs him, "If he calls again, say: Speak! Your servant is listening!" Which is exactly what Samuel does — the Lord speaks, Samuel listens, and the rest, as they say, is history.(more )

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