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Gratitude (Giving Thanks)
I had a doctor’s appointment in
this morning and drove the 20 miles listening to Bach's Oboe and Violin Concerto on public radio (click the video here) As I pulled into the parking lot the Bach ended its 13.50 minutes. Windsor, Vermont
I realized that I had just listened to musical beauty which at one time a few hundred years ago, was reserved for aristocracy and kings, now available free to anyone with a radio.
In the early 1940’s the conductor Leopold Stokowski, speaking about musical performances on radio, predicted that there would be a time when the average citizen was surrounded 24 hours a day by music of his/her choice.
That was before iPods and cell phones; even before CD’s and walkmen.
Stokowlski the prophet.
A professor of mine, John D. Ogden, who had a PhD from Yale in Romantic Literature, once said in exasperation when I was spouting off about poverty in America, that " the average American lives better than Louis the XIV.”
I had to ask him “How?”
Washing machines / Dryers
Permanent press clothing