Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Airport Parking Ramps

I wrote this a while back.

Airport Parking Ramps

I wish that the military rejected
Recruits as "2-F's."
Then the place I parked my car
Would be easier to remember.
And why such mundane ramp names
As Gold, Red, or Green?
Wouldn't more unusual colors be easier to remember?
Could anyone forget that they parked in the Chartreuse Ramp?
Or the Taupe Ramp, or the Rouge Ramp?
And why letters for rows?
How about the names of civilizations?
Would you forget that you parked in a row named Mesopotamia?
Or Assyria, Rome, or Minoan Crete?
As it is, I'm parked in row 2F of the Gold Ramp.
In the southeastern-most spot.
But I wish I'd parked in the Athens row,
Somewhere in the Butterscotch Ramp.
Or maybe we should force every traveler
To memorialize his parking spot in a poem--
And thus remember it for the rest of his life.
But then I can only imagine the throngs
Gathered outside the security checkpoints,
Pens in hand, unable to finish that last stanza,
Or, if rhymers, missing their planes
Because they parked in a ramp that was orange.

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Ten Recommended Classical Recordings: A Sampler for Those New to the Classical Scene

The following is a list of classical recordings that offer a variety of classical genres: opera, symphonies, keyboard, violin concerto, solo cello, piano concerto, and oratorio. Though it is mostly mainstream with respect to the represented composers, it reflects a variety of interesting sounds.

Because the list is intended for someone who is starting to explore classical music many of the recordings are now budget issues. If you have thoughts on the list or would like to pipe in with your own, please do!

1. Mozart: The Magic Flute; Sir Colin Davis, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden, orchestra; Rundfunkchor Leipzig, choir; Moll, Schreier, Price, Serra, Melbye, Venuti; Philips Duo, recorded in 1985, released on CD in 1994.

2. Beethoven: Symphonies No. 5 and 7, Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker; Deutsche Grammophon, recorded in 1975 and 1976, released on CD in 1996.

3. Bach: Keyboard Pieces, Toccata, BWV 911; Partita BWV 826; English Suite No. 2, BWV 807; Argerich; Deutsche Grammophon, recorded in 1980, released on CD in 2000.

4. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D; Jascha Heifetz; Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; RCA, recorded in 1957, released on SACD in 2005.

5. Panorama—Edvard Grieg, two discs of various piano and orchestral works; Deutsche Grammophon Panorama, recorded on various dates, released on CD in 2000.

6. Bach: Six Unaccompanied Suites for Cello; Yo-Yo Ma; Sony, recorded in 1983, released on CD in 1990.

7. Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos, Vol. I—Brendel; Sir Neville Mariner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Philips Duo, recorded in 1972-82, released on CD in 1994.

8. Handel: The Messiah; Sir Colin Davis, London Philharmonic Orchestra; Philips Duo, recorded in 1966, released on CD in 1994.

9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Martha Argerich, Philips, recorded 1982 and 1980, released on CD in 1995.

10. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 (separate disc one); and Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 5-6 and Orchestral Suite No. 1 (separate disc two), Neville Marriner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; EMI, recorded in 1985, released on CD in 2004.