Prison Pete

Friday, October 29, 2004
  Ahhh, Music.
I cannot say enough about music. Yes, I actually do know "Pictures at an Exhibition." One of my biggest problems, and it certainly stems from pure laziness, is my not being able to put the title of most Classical or Rock and Roll tunes and to be able to match the artist to them.

Yeah, but it is not a total wipeout. I can name a few Beatles tunes and think I finally got Beethoven's 5th and 9th Symphonies straight, but as much as I talk about my love for music, I am ashamed of my lack of ability to run through a list of tunes, artists, etc.

Yes, I love the violin of Itzhak Perlman, and I know Vladimir Horowitz is a great pianist (I think), but...

Anyhow, I also really perk up when I hear Handel's "Water Music", and although I think that if there are more than one, I like certain ones better. I heard a piece the other day that was "Water Music" and it was like what I thought it was, but not exactly. The same applies to the Brandenburg Concertos. I think I like the 3rd the best, but would not wager any money on that.

There will always be those tunes that, when they pop up on the radio, you just want to crank up the volume. For example, on the rock front, songs like We Are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, and Brown Sugar. And Classical music such as Toccata and Fugue by Bach (think every old horror picture).

There are certainly many more, and the "like" index of any particular song can vary depending on my current state of mind. One recent Country hit that has caught my ear specifically for the lyrics is "Live Like You Were Dying."

For a prisoner who has come to have a much greater appreciation for freedom and the way to maintain it, the words in that song are right on the money.
Well Pete, I can say that you have very good taste in music. Have you always enjoyed classical music or is it more so since you've been in prison?
My son is very unique as he already has an appreciation for classical music and he's in Jr. High. Not very many kids are like that.
Don't worry about not always knowing the names. I was a music major and I still don't know the majority of them even though I'll recognize the "tune" when I hear it. I still get Mozart's #40 & 41 confused.
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