I have Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade running around in my head, all because I’m playing in Mosman Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary concert this Friday and Sunday. (March 20 and 22) Scheherazade is, of course, based on One Thousand and One Nights and the tales Scheherazade told to save herself from execution. There are some beautiful solos and fantastic orchestral work. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, perhaps less dramatic, but just as appealing, begins the programme.
I’ve been listening to the Wintercoats as I write. I like enveloping myself in a cloud of music. Not too loud, not too fast, not too many words. I helps keep away the pull of distraction, keeps me on task. I’ve listened to Josh Ritter and Isbells at other times. And I’m a bit in love with the Heritage Orchestra too. (could be a BladeRunner bias)