Friday, March 20, 2020

Saturday 9

Complete Symphonies (2019)

1) Beethoven is one of classical music's best known composers. Do you often listen to classical music? Never.

2) Though a musical genius, Beethoven never learned to multiply or divide. When faced with a simple arithmetic problem, do you do it in your head? Or do you rely on the calculator in your phone or on your computer? I am mathematically challenged and rely on calculators.

3) Beethoven bathed often, which was considered "quirky" for a man of his time. (Understandable, since you had the heat the water, haul it to the tub, and then empty the tub bucket by bucket when you were done.) Do you bathe in the morning or in the evening? I looooove my morning showers. I'm almost always happy when I get out of the tub.
4) Adam Fischer conducts the Danish Chamber Orchestra for this 5-disc set. He began his musical career young, when he sang in the children's choir of Budapest's National Opera House. Have you ever sung in a choir or chorus? I'm tone deaf. I even lip synch hymns at church and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley Field.

5) Mr. Fischer was awarded the Gold Medal of Arts from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Tell us about a prize or award you have received. (Yes, that ribbon you earned for penmanship in second grade counts.) I won a Clio back in the 1990s. It's a prestigious advertising award, and now that my career is just about over, I am more proud of it than ever. I haven't mentioned it much in recent years because I won it before some of my coworkers were even born. But now, I look back and I'm proud of it.

6) The Danish Chamber Orchestra is beloved in Demark. When, in 2014, the Danish Broadcasting Company announced it would no longer fund the Orchestra, citizens began a crowdfunding campaign and raised more than $1,000,000 to keep the music playing. Have you ever contributed to a crowdfunding platform, like GoFundMe, Kickstarter or FundRazr? Yes. I'm proud that -- after Henry's accident -- I persuaded 19 of my friends to contribute to his GoFundMe recovery fund.

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7) The Orchestra's "home" is the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. Where were you when you last heard music played live? In October, I saw a performance of great French songs. I enjoyed it, even though I understood little of it.

8) In 2019, when this boxed set was released, China became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. Are you fascinated by stories about space? Not really. I support research, but I don't read or watch news stories about it.

9) Random question: Tell us about your week. These are extraordinary times, and it might feel good to share. Well, I accidentally summoned a squad car to my home. That's not an everyday occurrence. On the plus side of the ledger, I had a lovely exchange at my vet's office. My cats are on a prescription diet, and they reassured me that, no matter what, they'd help me see to it that my fur babies are OK.



  1. Wow, a Clio...super impressed, s miles.

    It seems, that I have read that story about your friend...trying to think...

    I had to laugh; tone death and mathematically challenged, grin.

    Have a great day!

  2. A Clio is something to be proud of! Nice to meet someone else who is tone deaf. I actually had a music teacher put that on my report card in 5th grade...didn't keep her from forcing me to sing in front of the class, though. That 911 story still makes me smile. Glad the kitties will be okay through all of this.

  3. I don't listen to classical music, but guess I should because
    one of my brothers gives classical concerts on his piano.
    I take my shower at night.
    I was spelling bee champ in the 6th grade, went onto compete
    on the radio and spelled the word "odor" wrong. I spelled it
    "oder". I have never forgotten how to correctly spell it since.
    Have a great Saturday.

  4. Congratulations on your Clio award.
    That brings back a memory from my college days. We were watching the Clio Awards on PBS and when a jock came in we told we were watching a game and they would sit down watching the ads waiting for the game to come back on. After five minutes or so they would this is nothing but commercials get up and stomp out of the room.
    It was the nerds revenge on the jocks.

  5. Congratulations on your Clio award! That is fantastic! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  6. Clio awards are coveted and you should be VERY proud of that, no matter how long ago it was. Bravo. Also, gargling every day with Listerine is supposed to help with germs (I read some study about that), and I think your story about calling 911 is hilarious.

  7. Congratulations on the CLIO! Having worked a decade in television advertising (secretarial role only), you can color me impressed. :) I'm chortling aloud over your '911' call … on account I once did the very same thing for the same reasons.

  8. #8--I'm not overly interested in space, except for the local astronaut who's currently on the ISS. Our linkup with her from the station was amazing!