I took that photo last year while vacationing on the Albemarle Sound. It’s one of the few places on the U.S. east coast where you can watch the sun set over the water.
Thordaddy’s statement on raising a son has been one of the more memorable comments here:
My philosophy to my boys is such…
Put your mind on objective Supremacy.
Train your upper body as though you are to be crucified.
And work that lower body as though you were to be a beast of burden.
Zbigniew Preisner, Song for the Unification of Europe: the linked video is the choral finale to Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film Bleu, the first installment of his three-color trilogy. A self-taught musician, Preisner collaborated with Kieślowski for years, writing scores for his films.
In Blue, Juliette Binoche’s character loses her husband, who is a famous composer, and their son in a car accident. The plot is about her coming to peace with what happened, including finding out about her late husband’s now-destitute mistress carrying his child. The above-linked video appears just before the closing credits. The chorus performs the verses from 1 Corinthians 13 in the original Greek. Notable moments in the linked video, as I see them:
2:00 – Our awakening
2:30 – Our past
3:15 – Our present
3:40 – Our future
After Kieślowski’s untimely passing in 1996 (he died during heart surgery at the age of 54), Preisner compiled his newer compositions into an album titled A Requiem for my Friend, on which Lacrimosa is the best-known piece.
I bought that CD in 1999 and played it, along with Mozart’s Requiem and an hours-long Techno compilation on my drives between Boston and Maryland. There is no road quite like Merritt Parkway at midnight.
Mac Davis, Baby Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me.
Girl you’re a hot blooded woman, child,
and it’s warm where you’re touching me.
But I can tell by your tremblin’ smile,
you’re seeing way too much in me.
Girl don’t let your life get tangled up with mine,
’cause I’ll just leave you, I can’t take no clinging vine.