What grabs me by the imagination and won’t let go? Practically anything, depending upon the time and my mood and a few other factors. Frequently, it’s simple visual attraction. Ooh, shiny! (Rusty! Unfamiliar! Pretty!) I am nothing if not shallow and superficial.Often, though, I will give myself credit for going beyond the surface in my examination of the objects of my attention-if-not-attraction because I become genuinely interested to know the who what when where how and why of them. In this, too, I may be simplistic and not wish to make a research project out of every thing that catches my eye or piques my interest. It’s safe to assume that not only will much of that information ultimately prove to be above my pay grade and beyond my ken, but other than generalizations and suitably dumbed down explanations I will have little use for the storehouse of data hidden behind every shiny object, the masses of wisdom contained in each moment’s distracting find.Still, like the musical phrase that wiggles its way into my subconscious as I pass by a practice room, leaving me wondering hours later why a passage from Lieutenant Kijé‘s signature theme popped into my head as I passed a group of three oranges at the grocery store, the associative and evocative qualities that serve as the hook to snag my mind will never cease to amaze, amuse and ensnare me with their alluring and mysterious delights.
There was a player of the horn who made it so euphonious
That every creature ever born was drawn to hear him play,
Until one sad, hung-over morn, its noise was deemed felonious
And all his beer-braised friends, forlorn, plugged ears and ran away.
The sweet euphonium was heard no more in that green-wooded land–
The deer and nightingale ne’er stirred, and Prost! rang out no more–
His fellow players, quite deterred, closed up their merry oompah band
Like some cage-covered myna bird, and silent, hid full sore.
What have we learned from this sad tale, so stricken, deleterious
And dark as Death’s bleak lowest vale, wherein musick’s so frowned
Upon the hornist sought a gale of storm and rain delirious
And in the deluge, shaking, pale, turn up his horn and drowned?
The moral, though you might just miss it, e’er so hard ye strive to think:
‘Tis sadder to have died like this than surfeited of hoppy drink.
So, prithee, play all on your trumpets, flutes, euphoniums–be not shy–