Saturday, October 17, 2009

Odds-n-Sods

I had a rough week for cycling after twisting my ankle last Saturday. With the help of beer and adrenaline I was able to finish FuckGas's Jimmy's 40oz-er, but things were pretty bad most of the rest of the week. My physical reality coincided with a rash of very unpleasant cycling weather- 45F and rain just about every day. Those are tough conditions to easily plan for. Per my last post, I did ride Wednesday to pick up the truck but that was a mechanically inauspicious trip and didn't inspire much. The past two days I've commuted in the sweet confines of my megagasguzzler with a still-tender ankle. What else?

I was given free tix to a Louisville Orchestra The Music of the Eagles: A Rock Symphony, a part of the WOW! series. Now, this whole thing can be analyzed on a variety of levels. I do like classical music- musica del concierto as it were. I like teaching about classical music. I also like taking 'L' to new music experiences. His mom (my good wife) and brother were busy with other plans, so free tix in hand we chose to attend this "interesting" event, just for kicks if anything. I also liked the Eagles back in the day. Except for dyedinthewool punkers, who didn't? Like everyone else between the ages of, say, 30 and 60, or anybody with a diet of classic rock growing up, you know every word to every song, good or bad. The Eagles had a nice quality of harmony, melody and 'tude to be perfectly listenable. so last night, when these two elements combined- the LO and a de facto Eagles cover band- for a "rock symphony", I just took it in for what it was, a big pile of baby boomer entertaining shit. The crowd was overwhelmingly 50+ with pressed blue jeans and "dress" shirts. You could tell the normal LO crowd was there b/c their tix said they had to be, but their noses were as high in the air as mine. Tonight the LO is playing Haydn and Shostakovich; last night they received thunderous applauses for playing parts more appropriate for a middle school orchestra. I did everything I could the whole time to take in the entertaining and to not be too hateful, and I succeeded. I provided a wholesome (save 1 Fbomb. nothing he hasn't heard before) musical experience for my musically-minded son, and it cost a grand sum of $3.50. No complaints. I just beg and beg an beg that a significant band from my youth, say U2 or REM doesn't end up played on the same circuit. Could that happen? You bet. I can already imagine those "lush"arrangements accompanying cheesy Bono impersonator. OK, you get the point. Enough hate. As a music involved with music, I couldn't help over and over imagining those poor LO musicians, trained on a diet of Mozart, Elgar, Berlioz, Beethoven, Stravinsky, etc., having to play such infantile garbage, and all to pay the bills because the only people who support classical music are all dead or very near it. Depressing. Enough more hate.

Truck in hand I went over to Clarksville to pic up the Monocog, new BB installed. If the ankle were better I would go shred some very muddy trails, but I can't envision anything else but pain if I tried that right now. I also picked up, for a fair price, some Cannondale LE winter gloves. Chris gave me a good deal. After having close to complete failure with the old Performance neoprenes on Wednesday, I decided to try for cold and wet glove. I have things covered for dry, but hopefully these will fill that niche, b/c unlike some other folks, properly dressed I don't mind inclemency.

Full weekend of soccer, so not sure I'll be on 2 wheels. Maybe Sunday late afternoon? Hopefully you all are.

5 comments:

lithodale said...

I have to agree with the Dude here...
The Eagles

David Crowell said...

I got to watch part of the rehearsal for that performance. I was mildly interested in attending, but didn't have tickets.

I do know the show sold well, so it's a big financial help for the LO, whether or not the musicians care for the music.

How are the new gloves? What temperatures do you think they'll be good for?

Tex69 said...

Dave, we'll see. As soon as I can get on 2 wheels again I'm going to try them out to gauge conditions. I know we're going to have some cool mornings coming up.

Laura said...

Yes, they do make the orchestra money. And maybe some of the musicians like playing the Eagles, even if it's easy or silly or whatever. Sometimes it's fun to play stuff you usually don't -- I feel the same way about singing. Next month our choir was asked to sing at a "Star Wars" concert at the Wachovia Center -- laser lights, memorabilia, some traveling 90-piece orchestra. They're paying the choir a lot to do it (not the individual singers, but the group, which can use it), but I'm also looking forward to it. I think the music from Star Wars is pretty good, and it will be fun to sing and not worry about things like enunciating text (because who's going to care? Are there even words to the sung parts in SW?).

So you never know...

Tex69 said...

Laura, I'm going to have to maybe, just maybe, disagree only on this point. They have to get bored played the same 2-note interval over and over, don't they?

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