Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20 - On the Borders

Well, we're supposed to be at the 20th Century by now in the History class, but somehow still doing music from Camille Saint-Saens to Giacomo Puccini on the blog ( -- at least we have slightly more contemporary videos in Alban Berg's Wozzeck (Act I, end of Scene 2 through 3. Lullaby), three shorts from Max Steiner (King Kong, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind), and the first part of the Disney Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf. Afterwards, the Pianists get a dose of J.S. Bach (or is it someone else?) Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach and other divertissements, followed by an impromptu classroom serenade from Tim White on sitar.

Next is yet more paper grading at Mandarin Flower, followed by a 3-miler (beginning on EBMud's Redwood Trail on the outskirts of Moraga, in dress shoes, carrying the laptop -- not exactly hiking attire, but that's the way it goes sometimes) from Valle Vista to the intersection of

Canyon and Pinehurst Roads, with the seemingly incredible signage

"Hayward 1; Oakland 4," near where the world turns from

grassland to

dense forest in an instant. Another orchestrated page of Esther Xerxes: IV. DUETTO - "Bigthana and Teresh" (The Plot Against Xerxes) upon return.