I am thinking of Mahler because yesterday I got to call the British author Norman Lebrecht. Notice how I wrote "the British author" not simply "author." I have seen how it is always "the painter," "the writer," "the pianist." "I am writing a book about the pianist Leonard Pennario." That is how you have to put it.
Norman Lebrecht and I are Facebook friends. I could not wait to talk with him because now you are dealing with a funny Facebook situation, you kind of feel as if you know the person. Because I have to say Norman Lebrecht besides being this world-renowned author on music topics, he is an excellent Facebook friend. He posts a lot and is involved and cracks jokes and has friended other Buffalonians too.
Anyway, it is always fun when a Facebook friend comes to life and it was great to talk to my Facebook friend Norman on the phone. We discussed many things chief of which was Gustav Mahler because that is what his newest book is about. Norman is coming to Buffalo on Nov. 16 to give a couple of talks about the book.
"Are you going to take me to any garage sales while I'm there?" he asked me.
Hahahahahahaaaa!! Does he know me or what? But let me get to the point.
After our conversation, I was all jazzed and I got up and waltzed over to this editor friend of mine to tell him about it. I'm talking about Mahler, and Facebook, and blah, blah, blah.
Then the editor asked me: "Are you ready for tomorrow?"
And I had no idea what he was talking about!
"What, do I have something due?" I asked, blinking.
"The elections," he said.
Hahahaha!! Election Day had been, for two hours or so, completely knocked out of my mind! Which is incredible because I am famous in the office for being, shall we say, passionate about these elections.