|Outdoor Concerts and the Crispy Ear
||[Jun. 6th, 2004|11:30 pm]
|||||Ophelia's Dream - All Beauty Is Sad - Arabesque (Demo)||]|
Well, we managed 3 out of 4 planned events today. A pretty good day.
We met up at my place at 1:00 p.m., just as I was finishing off some breakfast (cheese and crackers, breakfast of champions and bachelors everywhere...).
We made it to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion a few minutes before the show started. The program was themed "Great American Music":
Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland
Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
Adeste Fidelis (1897) - Charles Ives
Canzonetta (c. 1893) - Charls Ives
Spanish Military March - Humphry John Stewart
The Empire Strikes Back [Finale] - John Williams
A Selection of Yale Songs
Manhattan Beach - John Philip Sousa
Solitude - Duke Ellington
The Gershwin Years - George Gershwin
God Bless America - Irving Berlin
Of these, my least favorite was the "Empire Strikes Back": the piece was a little too busy with abrupt transitions from scene to scene. I enjoyed the novelty of "Solitude", but I was amazed at the goosebumps I got from "Adagio for Strings". I like that piece a lot already, but hearing it done on an organ was amazing.
We went up to the organ afterwards, where you can look into the guts of the machine. Apparently the original console had a separate wire for every control, and the umbilical was a good 6" (15 cm). The current one uses solid-state controls on both sides (and, presumably, a healthy dose of multiplexing) to send all the signals through a conduit that's only about 2" (5 cm) in diameter. Great geek fodder.
From there, we wandered through the Japanese Friendship Garden. I'd been there before, and I felt it was a bit run-down this time; dunno if that's really the case, or if I were just glamorizing my previous visit.
On the way in, I as scanning the brochure, and there was a warning I don't think I'd noticed before: Please do not feed the koi. I'm not sure why this amused me, but it certainly did. Since I was already giggling over it, I was extra amused to see people on the observation platform feeding the koi!
It turns out that one of them was garden employee, and it was koi feeding time, and she saw nothing wrong with letting the visitors help. A went for it.
We spent a bit more time in the garden, mostly admiring the bonsai and the bamboo. It closed not too much later, though, so we wandered on pretty quickly.
Not knowing how bad the traffic would be, we went straight over to Coronado ... and made it to the park in about 15 minutes. With nearly two hours to kill before the show started, we went off in search of food. We decided to buy picnic supplies at a supermarket, then headed back to the park to stake out some grass.
The park filled up really well; lots of families, old folks, young kids (spazzing completely out of control). We munched our way through some sandwiches, cheetos (A's favorite food, apparently... how the hell does she stay so tiny, then?), lemonade, and chips.
The band, Crosstown, wasn't bad, but they didn't start out very interestingly. The first half of their show was all covers; since A and E were both from Colorado, we all agreed that it was a time warp back to the mid 1990s on KBCO. Quite the blast from the past.
I liked their originals quite a bit more than their covers, and I gradually grew to respect their vocalist quite a bit: anyone who can do passable versions of songs by artists as varied as Prince, Blues Traveller, and sundry other artists deserves a little respect. :)
Back to my place to drop me off at about 8 p.m. A fun day; they're going to go diving tomorrow, and I have to go to work. *pout*.
I'll hopefully meet up with them Monday evening for pizza and beer, and E's work assignment is actually just down the road from where I work, so we'll get many more chances to visit this week. I'm looking forward to it. :)
Heh, forgot: crispy ear is in reference to the fact that I sunburned my right ear. Not sure exactly how I had only the ear burned, but there it is.