Saturday, 2 February 2013

It Can Always Get Better

Whenever I hear the phrase "it doesn't get better than this" I usually think to myself, yes it can. I will spare you the philosophical ramifications of that and a discussion on man being a creature that is never really satisfied.

The problem is that we all have individual tastes and what blesses the socks of you may make me gag.

The following is a case in point. While I sometimes use the phrase "it doesn't get better than this" to describe some piece of music, for example, in truth it can get better even for me. I love Eric Clapton and for my money his Unplugged album is the best he ever did. I have listened to it scores of times and I am never bored with it. But it does get better than this. For me anyway.

I know what follows isn't every one's cup of tea. A lot of you will hate it and I am sorry that you were not brought up properly so you could enjoy it.  The majority of the rest of you having acquired attention deficit disorder as a result of the instant gratification offered by our dumbed down society won't take the time to listen. Maybe only one other person here may listen and if you do, this is for you. You join the other 529,638 people in the world who has enjoyed this putting you in select company.

So, this is my real "Song Saturday" posting except it isn't a song. It does prove, however, that things can indeed "get better than this" most of the time.

My favorite composer, Antonin Dvorak and my favorite conductor, Herbert von Karajan, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, playing my all time favorite piece of music, Dvorak's 9th Symphony "From the New World.'

Get a glass of wine, settle back in your favorite chair, and close you eyes. (You may have to turn your speakers up a bit at the beginning.)

Give it a try. You may be surprised.

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