Wednesday, September 30, 2009
From there, the level dropped quickly. The Middle passed by us without causing even so much as a chuckle. At one point, I asked Fritz--I didn't have my watch on--if there was any hope of it ending soon. This was followed by Modern Family for which we'd had some real interest, given the presence of a gay couple who've adopted a little daughter. Like The Middle, Modern Family was shot down by poor writing.
We gave up completely with Cougar Town--Courtney Cox appears to be doing a Julia Louis-Dreyfus imitation, just for starters.
So it wasn't a very good night on the tube.
The latest outdoor work:
Concrete steps set into the rather steep hillside from our little parking area to the vegetable gardens and solar panels high above on the hillside.
What will be the herb garden on the right, with about half its good soil in it. I carry the stuf in five gallon buckets from two . The little notch taken out of it in the upper right is designed to house three big garden pots with different types of mint planted in them. I'm building a retaining wall, to the left, to hold back and stabilize the loose soil; actual solid rock begins in the upper middle of the frame and goes off to the right.
Inside the house, the sun is rising right behind one of the glass block windows in our exercise/dressing room, throwing a carved wooden statue of the Indian goddess Lakshme into total silhouette.
We have tickets to violinist Joshua Bell's tour appearance in Portsmouth in early February. Joshua did a little experiment while in the D.C. subways a couple of years ago:
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.....
The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.
Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace.
The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. Findings:
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.
He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million. Two days before Joshua Bell had sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people's priorities.
The questions raised: "In a commonplace environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?"
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made............How many other things are we missing?
I think a lot of this has to do with our 'conditioning' we purposely go numb/block out people on the street, people we don't want to see.
I remember a famous actor dressing shabbily as a street person.
no one noticed him
when he 'cleaned up' and went back he was immediately recognized and surrounded.
of course the LnO shows
now, cable - ah! BURN NOTICE, IN PLAIN SIGHT and ROYAL PAINS.
other than that its the PBS mystery and masterpiece theater and brit sitcoms ... amazing even rewatching As Time Goes By marvel at the acting and writing.
And amazing about Josh Bell. I love when artists do something like that. It makes the place seem more alive (whether it be a person playing an instrument or like here in Lexington, a local artist, made wooden dolls and hid them throughout the city. He would then use Twitter to give a clue to the toys whereabouts.). It's sad though that no one was paying attention.
Thank you, Will, for the birthday wishes! :)
The stone work & wall look amazing. Can I see your garden in person sometime?
I have enjoyed Modern Family, but I have only seen episode #1.
I think planting the mint in separate pots is a good idea, but they take over no matter what, so I'll be interested in seeing if this works.
P S maybe I'll run into you at Symphony on Sunday at Flicka's farewell tour.