Night owl chat: Solo piano version

Eventually one of you is going to slap me upside the head with these night owl musical posts. Until then, we soldier on. Tonight we explore the art of the piano.

First up: Mozart, “Rondo alla Turca”, from Piano Sonata no. 11 in A major

Beethoven, “Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor”, otherwise known as “Für Elise”

Chopin’s most famous Nocturne—Op. 9, No. 2

Thelonius Monk, solo from “Round Midnight”

Philip Glass, “Opening” from “Glassworks”

And to end, a poem by Thom Gunn, “The Hug”

It was your birthday, we had drunk and dined
   Half of the night with our old friend
      Who’d showed us in the end
   To a bed I reached in one drunk stride.
      Already I lay snug,
And drowsy with the wine dozed on one side.
I dozed, I slept. My sleep broke on a hug,
      Suddenly, from behind, In which the full lengths of our bodies pressed:
Your instep to my heel,
      My shoulder-blades against your chest.
   It was not sex, but I could feel
   The whole strength of your body set,
        Or braced, to mine,
      And locking me to you
   As if we were still twenty-two
   When our grand passion had not yet
      Become familial.
   My quick sleep had deleted all
   Of intervening time and place.
      I only knew
The stay of your secure firm dry embrace.

This is your late night / early morning open thread.

217 Responses to “Night owl chat: Solo piano version”

  1. April 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Really appreciate these music threads, LL. Thank you.


  2. 23 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    A womp bomp ba lo bop ba lomp bam boom tooty fruity oh Rudy….

  3. 30 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    That Nocturne In E-flat major reminds me of my college days and I will leave it at that. 🙂 🙂

  4. 31 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  5. April 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    These are very, very lovely LL, you will culturize me yet! Thank you.

  6. 38 lamh36
    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Wow, there is such a thing as over-reacting. This kid has NEVER been in trouble before and is actually a really good student. Now she’s been expelled for basically doing what most of us did in Chemistry class back in the day. I get the idea behind “no tolerance” policies, but damn expelling this woman seems like an extreme reaction.

    Teen arrested, expelled for ‘science project gone bad’

  7. 46 desertflower
    April 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Any word from GoBrooklyn? I’m late to the party….

  8. April 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto is my thing!!! (Other than my Sammy Hagar worship….and…ok, it’s a piece of classical music I remember!)

    IT ROCKS!!!

  9. 48 vcprezofan2
    April 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Lordy, lordy, LL, you trying to ‘punish’ me? I have this ongoing ‘battle’ at home re classical music where I’m often remarking ‘It would be nice if you played something regular people like. Not many people are into classical music.’ To which I get a scathing reply or two vis-a-vis my (and the fictitious regular people I refer to )poor musical tastes.

  10. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

  11. 56 purpleshoesla
    April 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Evenin’ TOD night owls. Perfect thread to prepare dinner by out here in sunny So Cal. As always thanks LL for the musical accompaniment. Here’s one of my favorite Chopin pieces. Happy birthday to the April TOD peeps. Healing thoughts and energy to GoBrooklyn.

    • April 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      It’s sunny where you are?

      Been overcast most of the day where I am, just over the Los Angeles county line in Ventura county.

      • 58 purpleshoesla
        April 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        I’m in the Silverlake/Los Feliz area near Downtown LA. It was gray this morning; figured “May Gray” was starting early. But the sun came out this afternoon and it’s lovely out now with a light breeze. I understand it’s going to get much hotter starting tomorrow into the weekend even in Ventura County, I would imagine.. 🙂

        • 59 theo67
          April 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

          It was really nice in Ventura County – I even had the air conditioner on this morning.

          • 60 purpleshoesla
            April 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            I like Oxnard a lot. I had to attend a couple of offsite corporate retreats (ugh) in a former job. The fact that they were held up there at one of the hotels in Channel Islands Harbor made them bearable. Happy Birthday to ya!

  12. April 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Congrats Bobfr! Evening Chips, TOD…………some domestic news items.

  13. April 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This my friends….Is a thing of beauty. Video should start around 3 minute mark…..enjoy.

    • April 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      I sent LovelyPlains a couple of tweets in response to this post.

      This really is a must see video. General Ordiero was beyond pissed at the jackass son of the stoopid former congressman.

      During the first 3 minutes, Hunter Jr. had the gall to lay into the General, and didn’t offer him the courtesy you would a stranger on the street. He interrupted, and then started to leave before the General could answer.

      Why can’t the media note that these GOP congresscritters (like that term, applies equally to men and women) don’t possess basic manners that every person should be taught from the time they learn to speak.

      Hunter Jr. obviously has the intelligence of a box of rocks.

      Embarrassed to admit that I grew up in his district, but hoping that this goes viral in his CD, which is hugely dependent on the military. Hopefully a grassroots movement can be sustained to kick this unqualified jerk out of Congress in 2014.

      • 66 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Embarrassed to admit the asshole is a Marine; like any organization, we have our 10% — we usually keep them hidden in remote locations… 😦

      • 67 theo67
        April 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        You could hear Ordierno’s voice shaking with anger. The GOP should be ashamed

        • 68 HZ
          May 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

          I am so happy that Gen. Ordierno told this jackass off. These repub clowns need to stop this crap. They give no respect at all. Shame on this clown. I am so sick of these crazy clowns. There is a book out that exposes this type of crap about these power hungry jackasses who take power, money, and anything else they can get to tear up our nation with their greed and hate and disrespect.

          Thank you Gen. Ordierno!!!!!!!HZ

      • 69 nathkatun7
        May 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

        Arapaho415, I didn’t know you are from San Diego. Duncan Hunter Jr. is turning out to be worse than his father whom he replaced in Congress. Sadly, his Congressional district is solidly right wing, so this bs will have no impact on his re-election.

  14. 70 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Hey lamh, saw your post in the last thread and wanted to add my 2 cents. I just got a Samsung Note on T mobile. Yesterday as a matter of fact. I love it so far! I think you would love the Galaxy if you decide to go that route. Good luck with whatever you choose!

  15. 71 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Looks like Lawrence is going to give some folks a royal spanking as only Lawrence can do….

  16. April 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

  17. 76 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Piano + Thelonious Monk? Ok, your forgiven. Here is my favorite classical pianist:

    • 77 purpleshoesla
      April 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      One of my heros!

      • 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        Girl, he made me give up piano. When Professor Benn told me I was quite proficient, but would never be André Watts, I was heartbroken and quit. On my ‘to do’ list is to take lessons again.

        • 79 purpleshoesla
          April 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          You should!!! Taking up the piano again is on my 2013 resolutions list as well. I regret that I stopped playing and taking lessons earlier in life–had no discipline and my piano teacher back in the day was so dour and stern. But I’m going to start back again this year.

  18. 80 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    • April 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Really bothers me that the MSM work themselves into a pretzel to say how bad/wrong/untruthful President Obama is, and we can count on our fingers the number of times they admit that, oh yeah, the President isn’t a king, and that oh yeah, Congress (both Houses and both sides of the aisle) refuse to do the jobs the American voters pay them for.


  19. April 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    • 87 amk for obama
      April 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      great read, lp. nails the truth.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      May 1, 2013 at 3:22 am

      Thanks, Lovely Plains, for sharing this CJR article. It’s indeed a must read. I’ve always contended that this notion of the so called “bully pulpit” is mainly based on historical mythology and not on historical facts/reality. I especially cringe when people cite LBJ’s prowess in making Congress do his bidding. This is the same LBJ whose vietnam policies were so unpopular that he opted not to run for re-election. Even the great FDR continually compromised with Southern segregationists in several of his signature New Deal Programs, which he could not have passed without their support. Then, of course, there is the issue of the context under which all Presidents have operated. I don’t know who of the 43 presidents before President Obama had to deal with resentment because of his race. I wish people had read Sorensen’s biography of JFK’s presidency, entitled: “A Thousand Days.” In there, the author tells about JFK’s realization about the “limits of Presidential Power.” It’s really sad to witness the utter ignorance of U.S. history, and the nature of the U.S. political system, by the so called leading journalists and the political pundits who dominate the airwaves and editorials of the supposedly prestigious newspapers/magazines.

  20. April 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Give me Chopin – Etude Op.10 no. 3 – E major!!

  21. April 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    • 101 nathkatun7
      May 1, 2013 at 3:32 am

      Yes Indeed, Bobfr! I wonder how either FDR or LBJ would have dealt with a Congress that was beholden to right wing Republicans whose sole purpose was to ensure their failure as Presidents? I can’t recall in the 60s a news channel like FOX, or right wing talk radio, led by a person like Rush Limbaugh, that attacked President Johnson, 24-7. As a student of history, one of the main reason I love TOD and other pragmatic sites is that they are compiling data that will contradict the false data being promoted by the right wingers and their MSM media enablers.

  22. April 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  23. April 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Attention ladies!! Marissa Mayer (Big PBO supporter) is a bad ass……you have to check out their new weather app also, thing of beauty.

  24. April 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I saw that Chips sent out a similarly themed tweet on the last thread; came across a comparison pic between the caterpillar vs. the donald.

    Know that Chips doesn’t like links to the Daily Mail UK (great pictures, avoid-comments-at-all-costs [think of dozens of Duncan Hunter Jr.-level geniuses]) but this picture really is better than the earlier one.

  25. April 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Here was my tiny contribution to MSM pushback today:

  26. 109 mtmarilyn
    April 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Oh LL, I live for the piano. Can’t play it but I love it. My favorite Olympic Opening Ceremony was in Los Angeles with all the pianos.

  27. April 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  28. 112 vitaminlover
    April 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank You for guarding and protecting President Obama as he heads to Mexico and Costa Rica. Let him be kindly treated and warmly welcomed. Let the ministering Angels keep him and his staff safe. Let the people of these countries see his kindness and greatness. Keep him always in the right places at the right time and let him be continually protected all the way there , during and all the way back. Amen!

  29. April 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    And speaking of workplace safety, don’t know if this has gotten traction with the general public:
    “After a factory fire killed 112 garment workers in November, clothing brands and retailers continued to reject a union-sponsored proposal to improve safety throughout Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry.”


  30. 116 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  31. April 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    To find the universal elements enough;
    to find the air and the water exhilarating;
    to be refreshed by a morning walk
    or an evening saunter…
    to be thrilled by the stars at night;
    to be elated over a bird’s nest
    or a wildflower in spring
    these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
    – John Burroughs
    Potting shed in Hampshire, UK

  32. 126 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  33. 127 yardarm756
    April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Piano it is LL

  34. April 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    From Colorado Springs news station.

    Why does the self-absorbed national/WHPC media ignore the stories that matter most to voters?

  35. 134 carolyn
    April 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks LL for the piano music. I love piano music.

  36. April 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    A couple items from when I was busy the last few weeks……

  37. April 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  38. 144 africa
    April 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  39. 145 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    My contribution as I head off to bed.

    12 year old Nicholas Allgeier performs Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

  40. 147 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    My late Uncle, Milt Buckner

    • April 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Did you get the link to the recipe?

    • 152 purpleshoesla
      April 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Are you kidding me? Wow!! My step-dad wore out his copy of your uncle’s record Rockin’ with Milt, I think it was called? Man he wailed on that Hammond.. Wow!!! He also played with Lionel Hampton at one point, right? Wow!! Girl, you definitely need to pick up the piano again!! 🙂

      • 153 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm

        Really!?! Yes, he was twice in Hamp’s Band, wrote “Hamp’s Boogie”.

        Several years ago, I was on a jazz cruise where just about the whole Whalum family, including Uncle Peanuts was performing (he had just releaseed his 1st solo CD at age 78. As he was my uncle’s contemporary, I asked if he knew him; turns out my Uncle was a senior at Howard when Uncle Peanuts was a frosh, later they were together in Hamp’s Orchestra — was nice hearing lots of stories from their time on the road.

        • 154 purpleshoesla
          April 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

          I just left a message for my step-dad. He’s going to freak. 🙂 I remember the first time he played your uncle’s record for me. I was waxing on about Jimmy Smith and he was like, uh no, have a seat and let me play you this. How wonderful to have all that musical history in your family. That is really incredible, wow!! 🙂 And Kirk Whalum is family too? Dayum! 🙂

    • 155 yardarm756
      April 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Happy, happy dood! 🙂

    • 156 yardarm756
      April 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Gurlfren you get a bump on my badass meter! 😀

  41. 157 theo67
    April 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Personal note: thanks for all the birthday messages and tweets today. I had a lovely day – and I hope all my fellow Taurus brothers and sisters had lovely days this week/month, as well. 🙂

    • 158 amk for obama
      April 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm


    • 160 hopefruit2
      April 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Hope you had a wonderful birthday theo! I see that Chips baked you a lovely cake 🙂

    • April 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Happy birthday! Hope you’re enjoying good wine, good food, and good company.

    • 164 vcprezofan2
      April 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      😯 😯 Your birthday?? The last to know!!!!

      Sure hope you had a lovely, lovely day, Theo! Did you get cake, and did you all enjoy it? Hope so. May the remaining hours be filled with fairie dust and happy powder!

      ************** HAPPY 40th!!******* Or was it 29? ….. 39? ….. 25? Get outta here! Whatever, seriously wishing you many more!

      • 165 theo67
        April 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        Thank you so much for remembering, VC! 🙂 I had a wonderful few days of celebration, and instead of cake, enjoyed a perfect beignet from a lovely French bistro in Beverly Hills. Really nice. You’re sweet with the age guesses – it’s 46! (how did that happen?!)

  42. 166 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Eva Longoria is on Anderson coopers round table . She’s my third Ex-Wife.

  43. 170 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Theo67 I believe I heard that you had a Birthday today.

    If so, I hope you had a wonderful day!

    Good Night TOD

  44. 178 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Happy May Day to all. Will be hosting the annual lunch for my staff in another five hours.

  45. 185 vitaminlover
    April 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Happppppyyyy Birthdaaaaay to Theo and many, many more!!!!!

  46. 191 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Just saw this quote on somebody’s Twitter profile – love it! Words to live by.

    “This world’s existence is one night long. There’s a great lively gathering that night, but some people sleep through it.” ~ Rumi

    Nothing like a good medieval Persian poet – and LL’s musical, poetic choices – to keep ya up nights!

  47. April 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I really need to learn music.

    Ok, will probably have another post up in a bit. This one’s starting to get crowded.

  48. 194 prettyfoot58
    April 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    My Contributions to the Piano Concert….The great Oscar Peterson…Georgia on my mind…

  49. April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    One more contribution and then off to the kitchen ….


  50. 203 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    • 204 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Interesting, I had a similar conversation with an associate, they were hair on fire about rights violations. Daughter-in-law#2’s brother lives in the catchment area, he was THANKFUL for the police presence and search!

      • 205 jacquelineoboomer
        April 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        Hard to believe that “keeping people safe,” during an area-wide crisis, violates rights (although there are sometimes mistakes made, in the chaos). I agree with your family member’s brother – I’d be very happy to have that police presence, if the suspect might be in my neighborhood. And so, I think, would the naysayers. Easy to complain, if they’re not the ones with potential explosions in the backyard.

    • 206 anniebella
      April 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Ron and Rand are crazy and crazy.

  51. 208 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JackieG and Theo! Wishing you both Love, Peace, and Joy!

  52. 212 a4alice
    April 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    It’s been so lovely listening to everyone’s favorite piano selections. I thought I’d share one of mine. I have it on my phone and when I need a break and actually think of it I pull this out and listen to it. Very Relaxing. I hope this works George Shearing playing “Friendly Persuasion”

    • 215 HZ
      May 1, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Happy Birthday Theo. Hope that you enjoyed every moment of your special day.

      Thanks so much LL for the beautiful music. Love my piano. Had to play many of these for my piano classes. Great memories,and a great selection, LL. (((((((( Beautiful way to end the day with our brilliant President as well. Music is such a healing for the soul. HZ

  53. May 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Wow! This is AWESOME!!

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