Friday, October 06, 2006

Great are the powers of music

After our most pleasant interlude of hearing Austin Wonder Brass, sleep was unbroken and filled with wonderful dreams. This was a little bit of the vanishing Austin of small-scale events occurring just for the fun of it, not for profit and not to raise funds for some worthy cause. I remember that we used to run across little fiddling events without even looking. People of all generations would be playing and teaching each other new pieces, and not one version of Orange Blossom Special would be heard. Austin is rich with chamber groups, bands and orchestras of all sorts and in many configurations and with every kind of repertory, and vocal groups of every size singing music from every era. The small children running and galloping to the tempo or the music, for the pure pleasure of movement, made a very beautiful sight.


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