Post 2209: A kitty can dream, can’t he?

Andy enjoys the kitty videos when I play them, though it frustrates him when he can’t catch what he sees on the screen.

But a kitty can dream, can’t he?

27 thoughts on “Post 2209: A kitty can dream, can’t he?

        • Yes, a good counter tenor is what I enjoy about Baroque opera, too. Verdi and Puccini are on the edge of what I enjoy, but add them to my list, too. (I have a complete set of Wagner operas that I’ve never managed to listen to a complete opera. Too long, too loud, too associated with you-know-who!

          • Besides being associated with you-know-who (may he memory be erased forever!), I have my own Wagner intolerance: I had a Musical Literature professor in college who gave pop quizzes by literally popping a needle onto a record, wherever it might fall, playing it for about 15 seconds, and then expecting us to name the composer, the piece, and where in that piece it is found, like which part of symphony or overture, main theme or response, introduction, middle, or coda, etc. In case of Wagner, we also had to describe the importance of various leitmotifs to the opera where we hear this particular one and to The Ring as a whole. There are over 100 of them – imagine the torture!

          • My mother and father (who were school kids in the 1920s, early 1930s) mentioned how they had music appreciation classes where similar methods were used. I can imagine the level of specificity your instructor required you to know would be torture, though!

            As for the Ring… ugh! I haven’t the patience or the interest! The Wagner opera I almost made it all the way through was “Die Meistersinger von Nûrnberg”.

          • Sure, “Meistersinger” does not have over 100 leitmotifs! I especially hated the Ziegfried’s horn call, after what those Ziegfrieds did to 6 millions of my people, including half of my family.
            I was an Arts and Music major, so it was a lot deeper than music appreciation. Music Literature meant we had to read the “partitura” of each opera, symphony, and concerto and analyze it.

          • I approach it more as an amateur… Yes, that connection with the evil of the 1930s-1940s makes the whole of Wagner’s work difficult to appreciate. I can’t get past the association. I’m sorry to know you lost family in the Holocaust. I’ve known a small number of survivors, decent people, and it is difficult to understand how anyone could be so evil as to harm them.

          • My parents and grandmothers were survivors, and both my grandfathers were on the front line; one was wounded in the very beginning, but the other one served in the military hospital and entered Berlin with it. We have an incredible Holocaust Memorial and museum, and a cadre of volunteer survivors available for public appearances. When I ran the school, we would take the kids to the Memorial on Victory Day and have one of the survivors speak to them.

  1. Kessy has discovered the joy of birds chirping and fluttering by on the screen, too. Lately. She purrs heavily and sometimes goes up to the screen and lightly scratches it … only to find she cannot get to the delicious prey.

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