Haines Logo Text
Column Archive
September 18, 2020:


Bruce Kimmel Photograph bk's notes

Well, dear readers, as I’ve been listening to the various Requiems by the various composers, I’m beginning to think that setting the Requiem to music simply brings out the best in composers.  I haven’t really heard a bum one yet and several are just really beautiful and moving, including all the ones I’ve been hearing recently, including the Verdi, the Faure, the Durufle, the Brahms, and now the Dvorak and the Mozart.  As most of you know, I’m not a Mozart fan – my failing, I suppose – but his Requiem is a real thing of beauty.  In fact, it’s playing as I write these here notes, which, if I were to set them to music, I would call Gloria, just because Gloria seems to be all over these Requiems, doesn’t she? Not only Gloria, but Agnus.  I hear that Gloria and Agnus played the Latin Quarter doing amusing anecdotes and specialty numbers like Agnus’ big finish, “Everyday is Agnus Day.”  What the HELL am I talking about?  Oh yes, that Requiems bring out the best in a composer.  I’m thinking about writing a Jewish Requiem called A Jewish Requiem in the Old Style.  What do you think?  Otherwise, I’m sitting here like so much fish, irritated because I took a nice 1.5-mile brisk walk, stopped at my bank’s local branch, and put a $4.95 check in, only to have the machine not process it, not return it, and spit out a paper saying, sorry,  and a number to file a claim.  I don’t think I’ll be filing a claim, I think I’ll be claiming that the machine took my check, didn’t credit my account for it and therefore I want that money in my account immediately, as none of that was my fault or my doing.  I’m sure that will be an amusing conversation when I wake up this morning.  It doesn’t instill in me much confidence to ever use the ATM again.  Can you imagine if the check was for a large amount?

Yesterday was certainly a day, rather like a Thursday, I thought, which is good since it WAS a Thursday.  I got up around eleven-thirty after seven hours of sleep.  I answered e-mails and then did stuff that needed doing, spent some time thinking about my idea.  Then I moseyed on over to the mail place and picked up some packages and a helpful envelope, went to the bank and successfully used my branch’s ATM, so that was good.  Then I moseyed on over to Casa Vega for a lunch meeting.  I had two beef tacos and about six chips, so very calorie friendly it was.  The meeting went very well, and the conversation was fun and of course the tacos were great.  Once that was done, I headed home.

Once home, I listened to some Requiems and the Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle CD, which I really liked a lot.  I was so taken with it that I almost completely forgot I had to do a little Streamyard test for this Partridge Family event next week.  It’s like Zoom but a bit better quality.  I was able to get in fine using my phone, which has a good camera and I can sit where the lighting is good, but I only saw me and saw the mic was working.  I finally scrolled down and saw the “enter the room” button, so I clicked on that and voila.  So, the test was fine.  I then sat on my couch for a bit but wasn’t in the mood to watch anything.  I think I did snooze for a few minutes.

Then it was back to listening to music, then I took my 1.5-mile brisk walk, had the irritating ATM experience, then walked the rest of the way home.  Then I just relaxed and because I’d gotten a “perk” from Grubhub for the jernt where I get my chicken wrap, I decided on that for today’s food – ten bucks off a twelve-dollar item, so with fees and taxes and tip it was still less than the cost of the item itself, so that was nice.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, then food will arrive around one-thirty.  After that, I’ll mosey on over to the mail place, then come home and watch, listen, and relax.

Not sure what’s up for the weekend but I must tell you that I’m mighty tempted to just go back to the Smoke House at an off hour and have exactly what I had.  It was THAT good.  Oops (spoo, spelled backwards), I just got waylaid by a telephonic call of some length, so I suppose I’ll just keep these here notes on the short side and get them posted.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m up, do whatever needs doing eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and ray player?  I’ll start – CD, various and sundried Requiems.  DVD, I’ll try to finish Goodbye, Mr. Chips and then I think I’ll watch Mr. Hitchcock’s I Confess, which I haven’t seen in a decade.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as I hum the classic Everyday is an Agnus Day.

Search BK's Notes Archive:
© 2001 - 2020 by Bruce Kimmel. All Rights Reserved