No brain power to come up with ten…but I have these two:
Carmina Burana—You may recognize the "O Fortuna" part of it from a host of recent movie scores… (and if I figure out how to do it, I will provide a link...)
I ordered the complete CD from Barnes & Noble. The version I chose is conducted by Marin Alsop (Leonard Bernstein protégé and one-time conductor of the Eugene Symphony…who has since gone on to bigger and better things.)
I love this piece. In its entirety. Is it the language (Latin) that appeals to the latent Catholic in me? Or the fact that this lofty work, expressed in that exalted tongue of the ancient Church, is built upon what amounts to a bunch of medieval bar songs…?
There is a certain cognitive dissonance about the work that appeals to my peculiar sense of the ridiculous. And musically, it’s just…superb. I can’t seem to get enough of it.
Digital SLR—Got one for Christmas. Didn’t even have time to take it out of the box until some time in late January. And then realized that I really would need to read the umpteen-page manual that came with it before I could take full advantage of its wonderfulness.
This didn’t stop me from buying a telephoto zoom for it with my inheritance money (thanks, Mom & Dad…)
Took an hour or so out of my "home work day" today (between loads of laundry and washing floors on my hands and knees) to play with it.
Hoping I will ultimately be able to figure it out and make optimum use of it. But, until such time as I have it mastered…
...in Oregon, we love our bridges...
...the eagles are back...
...and my daffodils are blooming.