The concert featured the music of Gershwin and Dvorak as well as the Korean folk song “Arirang.” I’m not sure what the expectations of today’s concert were but I do think that any exposure to the Western world and its better angels will, however slowly, challenge the PDRK leadership’s demonization of all things, well, not like them. Some in our government are more skeptical. Secretary of State Condi Rice said of the performance: “I don’t think we should get carried away with what listening to Dvorak is going to do in North Korea.”
Now, I like Condi and respect her opinion but come on! It’s Antonin friggin’ Dvorak! And his New World Symphony no less! It rocks like nothing else in the orchestral repitoire.
Music can be very insidious. And I think the choice of Dvorak’s New World Symphony was a good one. Dvorak, perhaps more than any other composer, had a natural gift in composing memorable, lyrical melodies. The New World Symphony is full of them. I find myself humming them for days after hearing a recording. Who knows what sparks this concert might ignite in the hearts and minds of those who heard it?
A night of munching on Girl Scout cookies and watching my Hoosiers defeat the perpetually evil Purdue Furnace-Builders…..life is good. Also, did you know that the Young Indiana Jones series is out on DVD?
Yesterday, my Girl Scout Cookies arrived. I look forward to two days a year – Christmas and Girl Scout Cookie Day. The subliminal satisfaction that I derive from eating a whole box of Thin Mints in a single sitting is simply indescribable.
Republicans in the 5th district should know that there is an alternative to Dan Burton. He is Dr. John McGoff; he’s intelligent, humble, and devoted to public service. We need many more politicians like him at all levels and in all branches of government. People of Johnson County (and whoever else is in the 5th district): Send Dr. McGoff to Washington!
Homage to Dave Barry: The Self-Righteous Windbags would be a great name for a rock band.
I’m making my way through Gore Vidal’s Burr right now. It’s interesting stuff; though I don’t know much about Aaron Burr to begin with, so I’m assuming Vidal’s portrayal is pretty accurate. Of course, Burr is best known as the man who shot Alexander Hamilton. Aaron Burr was the Vice President of the United States when he did that. I probably knew this at one point and had forgotten because as I read it, I realized that Dick Cheney was not the first sitting US Vice President to have shot a man. Surely this will benefit me on Jeopardy some day.