What a beautiful morning it was here today.
As soon as we opened the curtains the sun streamed in and revealed a perfect Autumn day.
Robin's first words were:
"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;"
He was of course quoting John Keats, 'Ode to Autumn', if you want to read the whole thing, it's here.
As I've said before, Sunday morning is a time to relax in our house.
We usually put the iPod on shuffle and see what happens.
Here's today's offering:
'No One to Depend On' from Santana lll (1971)
2) John McLaughlin
'The Way of the Pilgrim' with the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
3) Daniel Barenboim
Prelude from, 'The Well Tempered Clavier' by J.S.Bach
4) Spiderpig Theme Song
From 'The Simpsons Movie'. (caused much delight from sons numbers one and two....)
5) Joni Mitchell
'The Boho Dance' from 'The Hissing of Summer Lawn' (1975)
6) Andres Segovia
John Dowland - Song and Galliard
7) John McLaughlin (again!)
'Face to Face' from 'Natural Elements' (1977) Shakti
8) Julian Bream
Julian Bream and Peter Peers, 'What then is love', an Elizabethan song.
9) Pepe Romero
Pepe Romero with the 'Academy of St.Martin in the Field', Boccherini Guitar Quintet No.6 in G Major.
10) Jascha Heifetz
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concero: Canzonetta in D Major.
Just when we thought we had better get on with our day, the next item called up on the iPod was, 'Robin Hill's Eklectica: Claude Bolling's Concerto for Classic Guitar and Jazz Piano Trio, 3rd movement, 'Invention'.
What a fantastic way to start the day.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman