Stop the Voices! No More Political Noise, Please!
In the first days of November, 2004, I reached the point of rhetorical overload--a place where I could no longer listen to National Public Radio on my way to work. So I picked up a CD of Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits and sang--not so well, but yes, sang--my way through election day. For whatever reason, I have reached the point of political exhaustion a week earlier in this cycle. I can no longer listen to NPR, and do not even want to listen to myself singing with Frank. My friends, as someone might say, the day that I no longer want to listen to myself singing...
Anyway, I bought Impressions, a CD of the late cellist Jacqueline Du Pre playing The Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, the Haydn Cello Concerto in C, and two pieces by Beethoven. I don't pretend to know all that much about classical music, but I do like this.
The cello is the sexiest of the instruments. And from the days (long ago) when I was a kid and she was written up in TIME magazine, I've had a thing for Jacqueline Du Pre. The quality of my drive-time has wildly improved and the only voices I now hear are whispering in my head.
Which is, you know, okay.