Today’s Word: ‘Together’ as in… let’s play together today. You bring your music, I’ll bring mine and we’ll create something beyond all of us, together.
John Birge is one of my closest friends that I’ve never hung out with. I met him once, but it was a crowded room during a Q&A right before a concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, so we didn’t have time to chat. We do email, however. John is the morning host for Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical MPR and I frequently shoot him a note to give him props for his terrific playlists and his super-witty segues like going from Lucas King’s original fugue called “Tick Tock” into a classical version of the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood.
C’mon, say it with me now… “parsley, sage, rosemary and…thyme.”
Nancy Lee and I begin every day with John. We especially appreciate how, at 6:00 AM on the button, John begins by playing some version of Bach’s “Sleepers Awake.” (My favorite is by Jacques Loussier).
On my way in this morning John played Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No.4 in F major. As I let the music surround me, I began to notice the individual musical instruments. First, among the winds and strings, the oboe sailed along on top. After that, as the brass played, the violin carried the theme. And then the French horns took the lead. Then the timpani. Then the flute. Then the oboe again. All of these individual players taking turns with the one recurring musical thought. Remarkable. Moving. Inspiring. Like these musicians, we’re better together. Each of us connected to one another creates more than we can often imagine.
After the Slavonic Dance it was Edward Elgar’s Ninth Variation of the Enigma… Nimrod.
Oh my. I had to pull over and just park the truck. Tears began to flow at about 3:12 to the end of the piece. It does that every single time.
Go ahead and listen. I’ll wait for you to come back.
See what I mean?
So let’s play together today. You bring your music, I’ll bring mine and we’ll create something really quite beyond all of us, together.