You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West
Summer is such a tease. It’s hot, then cool; rainy, then dry; sunny, then cloudy; largo, then allegro.
This mad-glam bunch of boys challenge Patty and me. Our most recent cello/piano piece is composed by the girly-guy in the far left background, Antonio Vivaldi. This red-haired (hidden under his wig) genius followed his passion for music, dominated Italian musical life in the early 1700s, and produced hundreds of
five-finger exercises concertos. I bet you know the ubiquitous Four Seasons, Le Quattro Stagioni.
Patty and I are learning Vivaldi’s Sonata #3 ~ with skadoodles of help from her liltingly cheering cello teacher, a gentleman with uncommon patience.
Vivaldi only lived once and he did it his way. He loved multi-rhythmic composition. Just like Brian Wilson, one of the most innovative composers in pop music.
Surfin’ pin-up. Avant-garde pop artist. Psychedelic oracle. Down-home hippie. Retro-hip icon. And a forever-perpetual-motion nostalgia machine.
I think Brian Wilson did everything right. This next tune isn’t his biggest hit, but it’s cool as frozen collards. A veggie sonata, of sorts, for the gardener in me.
Good vibrations, summer weather, making music together. Time to imagine a place where everybody has an ocean. And a garden.
What’s your favorite Beach Boy Tune?