Saturday, April 22, 2006

Probably won't be ...

... blogging much , if at all, for the rest of today. I've been in the office getting things in order - no mean feat, let me tell you - so I can take the coming week off (except for a brief trip in Wednesday). It's a quarter past 4, I have a 45-minute walk home, then have to get ready so Debbie and I can go out to the orchestra tonight: Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Just what I need.


  1. Did you succeed? (at getting things in order). Do share your secret, if so.

    Hope you enjoyed the music. We are enjoying an evening at home listening to beautiful (i.e. classical) music too. Can't beat it.

  2. Yes, I did. The desk in the book room is completely in order, the boxes of books have been opened, sorted and shelved. The discards are ready to shipped to charity. My other desk outside the book room is also back in order. Now I can tackle the backlog of emails and go through the pile of snail-mail (the latter is particularly irksome: people go to all this trouble and don't realize that in this day and age it has to be put on the back burner - and often stays there). The secret is concentration, perseverence, and a certain measure of ruthlessness: be honest - you're never going to get to that thing you put aside ages ago expecting to do something with it eventually).
    The concert was wonderful. A bracing Beethoven Eighth and a thoroughly memorable Das Lied von der Erde. Thomas Hampson sang the part usually done by a mezzo and he was superb. I feel sorry for anyone who has not experienced music at this level of subtlety and depth. I am no musical snob, but classical music provides thrills that cannot be provided by any other music.