Monday, June 18, 2012

Show & Tell -- April/May

That's right, no March. Frankly, March sucked.

But April and May didn't, when we ran from the tattered edge of winter straight through to the last few days of spring. From Grand Marais MI to Grand Portage MN and many points between, we chased a season 'til we had it just by the tail, then it slipped away.

S'okay. Now it's summer, with its 3:00am wakeup calls and Nautical Twilight that runs past 10:30pm. Which means midday naps are in order, when the brilliant sun blasts down, the landscape waves in the breeze and perfect light takes a daily Siesta.

This clip of selected fieldwork from April/May features a few brief pages from the final movement of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Performed here by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Georg Solti, from when they were about the greatest band in the world.

I was lucky enough to twice see them perform this piece live. The sort of performance you never forget.

The music starts softly, with a low rumble of things to come. So please be sure to turn up your speakers before you begin.


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