I’m out for my morning walk, listening on BBC iPlayer the 16th Prom Concert. I won’t list the whole program, but one magical moment that happened - I was just walking along, enjoying Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, and within the solo violin and flute interjections, birds in real-life from my walk seemed to join in the conversation. I have always loved birds, from writing my 2014 piece “Birds of Prey” to hearing them in the background of movies like The Lord of the Rings or games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild to depict nature. The Proms Plus interval discussed our scientific and cultural curiosity with birds, as Stravinsky’s 1945 version of The Firebird Suite is the final piece of the concert. It just gets me very excited again for my love of nature and music, and happiness that it’s the solo violin that gets to make those sounds!
On a side note, I thought I'd mention this other small thing: I'm watching my favorite YouTuber Stampy play through Detective Pikachu, a 2018 game for the 3DS, and the part he's in (Chapter 6?) has in large part to do with a violin. There's a violinist named Carina who is playing for a show, and sometime in rehearsal her violin gets switched out for a fake one, and this fake violin gets destroyed. She explains there's a secret message on the inside of her violin her grandfather made her. Kricketune is the Pokémon who helps her out with her playing and is a good friend for her. It was really cool that a violin is the object of attention, seeing as it's basically my favorite thing ever - I'm always listening out to what they say about it to see how the writers' notion of the life of a violin and a violinist in the Pokémon world matches with that of our world. I wish I could have a Kricketune that could give me an A before I start practicing, oddly enough why I'm slightly procrastinating right now before I do my Bach... :)
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