Sunday, January 15, 2012

Two reasons to be cheerful

Any day - for example, today - is improved by a visit from this little chap. He is so yummy.

And then in the evening I went to a concert which featured (among other goodies) Boyce's 4th Symphony. It's one of those pieces of music that I know perfectly well - could have sung along to - but couldn't have identified. It's SO GOOD - very cheerful and brisk and no-nonsense - just the sort of thing to make one feel that the human race has a lot going for it, despite all the dire news.

I didn't know much about Boyce apart from the fact that he was an 18th century English composer but have just Googled him. In Wikipedia's picture, he looks a bit like a combination of Dr Johnson and Robbie Coltrane, but more stolid. Not a beauty, then, but what an achievement to create something that over 200 years later makes people (such as me) beam all the way home on the bus.

3 comments:

Ali Honey said...

Good and Good!

Your trip to Aran sounds interesting. I hope to see some amazing photos when you go there.( when you come back perhaps I mean. )

Lesley said...

Excellent!! And more excellent....

Lesley x

Peter CS said...

I think you maybe do Dr Boyce an injustice. If you go to this page: http://www.rslade.co.uk/boyce/index.html and scroll down to 1749, he looks rather less dishevelled. There's also a nice quote from Charles Wesley at the foot of the page.