Amit Peled is touring the playing Pablo Casals cello. 100 years ago the maestro played Song of the Birds at the Peabody.

Mr. Casals shaped classical music for not only for the world but also for me. I would purchase a 33 RPM album which contained Mr. Casals playing a song I was learning. I sat next to the HiFi and played a short section along with the record. Then I’d place the needle back to the beginning of that short section and play it again. Result? Scratchy record and a sort-of-learned piece. Sort of. In 1961, as a very young cellist (and devoted fan of Jackie Kennedy and her husband) I remember watching him play “Song of the Birds” at the White House–probably it was a Walter Cronkite news broadcast?


I’m 9 in the first picture, and, well, to be coy, I’m older than 9 in the second. (All of this fits into the category of #TBT!!)



While the shoes are better in the older pix, the cello in the second is way better than my original one. It has a story of its own. More to come in the “Cello Notes/Memoir, as it were” series. (A working title; ideas, people?)


4 thoughts on “#TBT Cello Notes/Memoir, as it were, Series: Song of the Birds, Peace, 1961 at the White House, Pablo Casals, Jackie Kennedy and her husband, and a little girl who’s just started playing a 3/4-sized cello under the direction of dear Mrs. Biernie (an hour lesson at my house for $1.25)

  1. Re: Shoes
    At 74 I wonder why shoes that are comfortable and support your arches have to be
    so “damn ugly!” Surely if we can send a spaceship to Mars, some bright young person can design an attractive orthopedic shoe!!!!! I would like something with a
    medium heel in red suede, please!

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  2. Sayra! Toni! Pay homage to Mr. Casals, and THEN we can focus on the shoe issue. At least we have “leggings” now that look good AND feel comfy. To the lack of fashionable and comfy shoes I say (plug your ears, Ronnie) bachhhhh!


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