Sunday, February 12, 2017

O Patria Mia

I'm home. While I was away, Miss Leontyne Price turned 90. Here she is in 2001.  I don't know about you, but hearing her, singing that, now, well...

Rather a lot has happened since I blithely hopped on that plane four weeks ago, hasn't it, and not much of it good. As a result, while I'm rather abashed at admitting it, it turns out I'm fonder of a good cry than I'd realized in a very long time. But troubling times call for one to call on inspiration, not despair, and so I'll try to the think, not of the current and - one so very deeply hopes - transitory horrors of incipient Fascism, but rather of the monumental dignity of Miss Price, and let it stand for all the strength that's going to be required to endure whatever it is, from Tweet to annihilation, that's coming next.

As for the travels, except for the incessant checking of devices to suss out each new hideosity, all went very well indeed. The work portion of the trip concluded with no disasters, and Mr. Muscato and I had a lovely few days in San Francisco (including a memorable dinner with dear Mr. P.) before heading south to see what we might see.  That included the Pacific Coast Highway (me for the first time since 1991; the first ever for the Mister, who has taken to California like, well... like an Egyptian to a warm, sunny place with great food wherever one turns).  Perhaps I'll post a travel snap or two before we get to far back into the daily grind.

Then it was two days in Los Angeles, the unquestioned height of which was the opportunity at last to meet Felix and experience his eponymous tour. My God, what richness, to quote (as I'm wont to do) Jo March. To add another memorable meal to the trip, we preceded our toddle around the mysteries of Hollywood with a terribly glamorous lunch at a terribly chic bistro (where, predictably, Felix knew everybody, darlings, just everybody).  It's tremendously to hard to describe the experience he's come up with; it's as simple as a rather short walk accompanied by remarks, but by the end one has a panoramic and eye-opening vista of all the factors that went into turning an unremarkable little burg into the Dream Factory, and a haunting sense of all the people who've hoped and succeeded and all-too-often failed right here, where you're standing now.  It's a genius thing.

But then it was off again, for the last stop on this little jaunt, to check out the vaunted charms of Palm Springs, to which it feels as if half of our acquaintance either has or is about to retire.  We liked it.  I'll probably say more about that, but now I want to go hear Miss Price again, and brood.


  1. Lovely to see you (twice!) dear. As for the brief time since then, doesn't it seem harder to maintain any sort of idea that "It's all going to be OK"? I was genuinely surprised how fast he was able to create an international incident.

  2. I hope that Miss God is listening to Miss Price just now. If Leontyne Price cannot get Her attention, no one can.

    I recall listening to that concert and hearing that sung on the radio in the days after the Twin Towers came down. It brought a torrent of bottled up tears that had resisted all the terrible events of that terrible week.

    Just beautiful that the orchestra stood for Miss Price. A well deserved tribute.

    1. If God - whatever he/she/it may be - couldn't hear that last note, there's no hope for any of us. And I really do hope there's still at least a little...

  3. Oh, how we adore Miss Price... Jx