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Phantom Love

I got a friendly heads up about the tall ships this weekend. The Festival of Sail is one of those San Diego events that I traditionally intend on going to but always miss. Another event I keep missing is the IB sand castles.

This year will be different, except I already missed the sand castles.

The Festival of Sail starts today and goes through Monday the 5th.

Since making solid plans to attend, there has been one and only one piece of music in my head.

Der Fliegende Holländer Overture. The Flying Dutchman Overture by Wagner. There is no better music to portray a tall ship hurtling through a stormy sea.

The legend of a phantom ship roaming the seas as a portent of doom goes back the the 17th and 18th centuries.

Wagner's version was based on a novel by Heinrich Heine from 1834.

Dutchman was Wagner's third opera but the first to remain in the repertoire. The theme, as always with Richard, is redemption through love.

The Dutchman made a deal with the devil and is now doomed to roam the seas on a phantom ship. He can come ashore once every seven years to find salvation. His path to salvation is to find a wife who will be true to him, aka, true love redeems all.

Long story short, the Dutchman finds his woman but despairs, reveals his curse and leaves. His salvation, her name is Senta, makes good on her promise to be faithful even to death and throws herself into the ocean thereby releasing the curse.

Why is true love always so deadly? From Romeo and Juliet to Titanic to Moulin Rouge, true love always involves someone despairing and killing themselves or someone being crushed by circumstances.

We'll never know if it was true love because the beloved died. Where would Senta and The Dutchman be in three or four years?

Would Senta get fed up with the Dutchman constantly talking about the curse years? "Look Dutchy, the curse is over. If you don't cut it out I'll stop loving you and you'll be right back on your phantom ship faster than you can say Der Fliegende Holländer."

The Dutchman might say, "You never throw yourself into the ocean for me anymore. I don't even know who you are. Why can't you swim?"

At any rate, the overture is top shelf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVHaFitnOwg&feature=related

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I got a friendly heads up about the tall ships this weekend. The Festival of Sail is one of those San Diego events that I traditionally intend on going to but always miss. Another event I keep missing is the IB sand castles.

This year will be different, except I already missed the sand castles.

The Festival of Sail starts today and goes through Monday the 5th.

Since making solid plans to attend, there has been one and only one piece of music in my head.

Der Fliegende Holländer Overture. The Flying Dutchman Overture by Wagner. There is no better music to portray a tall ship hurtling through a stormy sea.

The legend of a phantom ship roaming the seas as a portent of doom goes back the the 17th and 18th centuries.

Wagner's version was based on a novel by Heinrich Heine from 1834.

Dutchman was Wagner's third opera but the first to remain in the repertoire. The theme, as always with Richard, is redemption through love.

The Dutchman made a deal with the devil and is now doomed to roam the seas on a phantom ship. He can come ashore once every seven years to find salvation. His path to salvation is to find a wife who will be true to him, aka, true love redeems all.

Long story short, the Dutchman finds his woman but despairs, reveals his curse and leaves. His salvation, her name is Senta, makes good on her promise to be faithful even to death and throws herself into the ocean thereby releasing the curse.

Why is true love always so deadly? From Romeo and Juliet to Titanic to Moulin Rouge, true love always involves someone despairing and killing themselves or someone being crushed by circumstances.

We'll never know if it was true love because the beloved died. Where would Senta and The Dutchman be in three or four years?

Would Senta get fed up with the Dutchman constantly talking about the curse years? "Look Dutchy, the curse is over. If you don't cut it out I'll stop loving you and you'll be right back on your phantom ship faster than you can say Der Fliegende Holländer."

The Dutchman might say, "You never throw yourself into the ocean for me anymore. I don't even know who you are. Why can't you swim?"

At any rate, the overture is top shelf.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVHaFitnOwg&feature=related

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"Why is true love always so deadly? From Romeo and Juliet to Titanic to Moulin Rouge, true love always involves someone despairing and killing themselves or someone being crushed by circumstances"

true love isn't always deadly...it can be snuggling under a woolen caftan with a snifter of warm cognac beside a pot belly stove when it's snowing outside and deer are tiptoeing passed a very large window

it's star crossed lovers who have that deadly outcome...in their heightened passion they spill the cognac on the stove and set the cabin on fire!!!

but it makes for great stories and great music as u know all 2 well tenor

hahahahahahahahahahahaha..........

thx for the music...it's rousingly beautiful and nearly worth that final dip in the sea

have a good time with the kids this weekend Garrett ;-D

Sept. 2, 2011

the Sandcastle thing at IB is so crazy busy that most of the locals won't even go...but Bobby and i do because my niece Carrie Bilbray and her HB Bill and her best friend Kimmer live there...

Carrie lives right on the seawall side

no worries...there's always next year

Sept. 4, 2011

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