Some expected and unexpected surprises this Christmas:
- The local seven-year-old was wired last night and didn't get to sleep until 11:30pm. This meant I had to hurry to get things done and get to sleep before Santa Claus arrived.
- This morning, the local seven-year-old asked why Santa's handwriting looked suspiciously similar to the spouse's and then asked for another signature sample to compare more closely.
- Said child also thought it odd the CD from Santa still had a Rasputin Music tag on it.
- On the CD front, I received a 12-CD set of the late Pavarotti. The local seven-year-old asked I play the remaining 11 CDs some other time.
- I got some choice books as presents. Those relevant to this blog, expected and unexpected: The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross and Ten Great American Composers by Carmen Bredeson & Ralph Thibodeau.
- Finally, I received a requested DVD of Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart. I discovered the musical score was by George Antheil. Who knew he wrote film scores?
Antheil ended up making a living in Hollywood, writing scores for, among other films, Cecil B. DeMille's The Plainsman and The Buccaneer.
george antheil on imdb.
now playing: nels cline. dedication. new monastery: a view into the music of andrew hill.