Thursday, March 1, 2012

Show & Tell -- January/February

Today is the first day of meteorological spring.

Like Groundhog Day that’s irrelevant to the passing of the seasons and in this case reflects mostly the passion of weathermen for trying to overlay scientific exactitude over the messiness of natural processes. Winter in the Northwoods might run well into May, but the calendar says its time is fast running out all the same and I’ll take that.

Still. If we all join together, click our heels and say: “There’s no time like spring. There’s no time like spring…” maybe we can hurry things along their way.

In the meantime, here’s a short shot of field work done during the cold, dark season.

This clip is set to a bit of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ 7th Symphony, named “Sinfonia Antartica” by the composer. The central themes were first conceived for the 1948 British Film “Scott of the Antarctic” and afterwards Vaughn Williams incorporated those into this longer, more cohesive work.

It’s performed here by the London Philharmonic under the direction of the great Bernard Haitink and lifted from my collection of vintage vinyl:


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    1. I'd like to get back down on the ice and wok more, but it's an unusually warm winter and I seem to have been out working through the best of it...