I could get by just having Chopin’s Nocturnes. The melodies have so much charm and delicacy, full of atmosphere and emotion, and they all have such marvelous endings — intriguing to wait and see just how he will imaginatively conclude each.
Only other composer I could compare them to is Satie. Satie can achieve the same simplicity and engaging melody. People today think that drumbeat is real music, but I think it’s all about melody. Drumbeat is a bull in a china shop — blundering noise compared to melody.
I am a voracious reader and also enjoy writing. I often have a very different point of view than the popular one. I do see value in debate, and thought it might add to the public debate on controversial issues if I were to express my contrarian opinions. I also started keeping my poems recently (I've written little pieces my whole adult life but never kept any); and I've been a photographer now for over 25 years. So I will be adding an occasional poem and hopefully interesting photograph to the blog along the way, just to spice things up.
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