Yes, my last tale for the year will attempt to illustrate the importance of choosing the right music for a performance. In preparation for that I want you all to think of the many uses music can have: to help people march, make people dance etc. Think of as many as you can.
My hoped-for grand finale may take quite some work, so please bear with me... I would like to go out with a bang. Whether it will be my last post in this thread remains to be seen, though I suspect the drama of my somewhat troublesome violin, "Wolfy", will have a sequel. Of course you can all help keep this thread going by adding your own hints and stories!
In the meantime,of course, I still have my Swan Recapitulation:
Saint-Saens liked to be entertaining
His “Swan” to me needs no explaining
I do feel some stray
In the way that they play:
Vibrato and passion!
They follow the fashion
And portray that swan suffering and straining
For me their wrists wobble too much
Do they think swans' emotions are such?
And then such a bump
As down the string they jump
Their poor swan's in pain
It drives me insane
They need a more delicate touch!
My accompanist so well set the scene
And my own swan slid on so sirene
Across that calm water
The way a swan oughta
My vibrato so tight
Was a triumph that night
A rendition that rarely was seen
When the music reached up to its pinnacle
Though I may seem to you rather cynical --
A gleam in her eye
Was for worms passing by
She hurried to feed
And that slight hint of greed
Made my playing just then not so clinical
But tranquility soon was restored
With the swan again somewhat bored
Can't you tell from the score
What some seem to ignore:
It just drifted away?
That's how we should play -
Art and nature in perfect accord!