March 14 - Divides That Blind

Crystal is off on a Unitarian-Universalist trip to

Nogales tomorrow, so our weekly get-together is a bit early.  Stopping first for standard vehicular maintenance and a loaner, we again forgo a walk for the warmth of breakfast, due to the welcome wet weather, talking all things Harvard Divinity School, Latin, Ancient and Medieval History, and beyond.

Time hurries on, and soon it is necessary to hurry beyond to Diablo Valley, arriving post haste for Dictation / Keyboard-Solfege / Board Harmony on Charles Ives's Variations on America: Spanish Variation (listeing to same + the finale to his Symphony No. 2), and brief video selections from Giuseppe Verdi's Aida: Triumphal Entry (the tweaky Milan production, excerpt recently found online), Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde: Prelude (another Leonard Bernstein performance -- memorized, with bits of overlain score -- also a recent aquisition), and Georges Bizet's Carmen: Habanera.  Go over tomorrow's quiz, including examination of Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 and fingering for the Chromatic Scale.

Return thereafter (first a ride to the loaner with Shawn and Thomas, having also greeted Joe and Chris) to trade cars at the dealership (the owned one declared in good help),

making it homeward

eventually in relentlessly

inclement climes.

General catch-up, pdf of Merton Songs (36), more composition re The Decameron (45) and Psalm 90 (4), taking in, thanks to Harriet,

Wagner (1983).