Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sunrise, sunset

When we were kids at the dinner table my dad would often remind us of something we had done a week before. "Remember, we went to Emery Park," he might say. Or, "Remember, we went Christmas shopping."

Then he would say: "How's that for a quick week?"

That is what I am thinking a lot these days!

It is funny just to take your week and think back on it. Mine has been going very fast and it was an odd week, I will say that.

First there was this vegetable.

And then there was this sky.

I worked on this part of the book where Leonard Pennario ...

... was recording Moussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." That was in 1953! How's that for a quick half century? I am working on finishing up the first draft of the book and that is very exciting for me. That is one reason the week has flown.

What else did I do? Went to Cole's. Went to the New Phoenix Theatre. Worked. Went to my mom's. Places I ate: Gabriel's Gate. The Irish Times. Oh, wait. Was The Irish Times the week before? I went with my friend Melinda.

I got a wonderful email from a pianist telling me about once when he saw Pennario coaching an orchestra in how to carry off the rhythms of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto. I am looking forward to getting back to this gentleman, maybe getting him on the 'phone.

It is interesting to go back and try that mental exercise and think of everything you did in the last seven days.

Unless you have the flu ... a lot of people do these days ... you will probably end up asking...

How's that for a quick week?

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