New Year Notes

:typing blog post wearing four layers, gloves, ski mask, long johns, while guzzling piping hot coffee directly out of the pot:

Hello gang, and Happy New Year! And also brrrrrr! So 2018 is starting with a deep freeze across the country, with headlines that read “Cold Night Shelters to Open in Central Florida”. Excuse me, what? There’s snow falling in Tallahassee and some ominous thing called a ‘bomb cyclone’ poised to hit us here on the east coast. Sounds delightful o_O

If only single digit temperatures actually inspired the cool, stylish elegance of this lithograph, ‘Winter’, by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha. Nice robe!


I hope you all had a joyous New Year’s Eve celebration, however you chose to spend it. I used to go out on New Year’s Eve but not anymore. I prefer to stay home and have unwittingly established what has now become my own New Year’s Eve ‘tradition’; listening to WQXR’s Classical Countdown. I enjoy it so much! The final number one spot belongs, always, to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which really is the ideal piece of music to bring you to the stroke of midnight. Exultant, profound, triumphant, brimming with passion. Pure genius. It is orchestral fireworks, if you will.

When the Ninth Symphony concludes at midnight, Beethoven continues when WQXR plays his arrangement of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Beethoven was a genius but a genius who, like everyone else, still had to make a living. He supplemented his income composing popular music for his day and doing arrangements of Scottish, English, and Welsh folk songs on commission. The recording WQXR played on New Year’s Eve was Beethoven’s arrangement performed by The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. And it’s lovely. Beautiful voices with Beethoven’s musical artistry. For those who are interested, this is the album -> Beethoven: Folk Song Arrangements

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Happy New Year everyone! Keep warm, stay safe, and I’ll see you back here very soon 🙂

10 thoughts on “New Year Notes

  1. Maria DiFiore says:

    Thank you Claudia…always enjoy your posts. To you and yours, a peaceful and fruitful year. Keep warm!

  2. It is gonna be a great year Claudia . . . single digits and all.

  3. Bill says:

    It is nice — partially because you picked it (and you have good taste), partially because . . . it’s Scottish!

    While you’re listening to Beethoven, I’m generally watching the Three Stooges Marathon on TV. Rita doesn’t share my enthusiasm and usually wants to see the First Night fireworks, but it was really cold this year. Even though we stayed home, though, she still didn’t watch the Stooges. I think that appreciation of the Three Stooges as a cultural phenomenon is associated with the Y chromosome. Oh, well . . .

    I hope that you have a great New Year!

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      The Scots are pretty damn good at poems and songs. I genuinely like Auld Lang Syne. Touching melody.

      I think you may have a point about the Three Stooges and the Y chromosome. I may appreciate them a little more than Rita but I’d probably watch the fireworks too!

      Warm wishes for a terrific new year! Thank you Bill 🙂

      Claudia

  4. Mark says:

    Nice write-up, and a great piece of art to go with it. Happy New Year!

  5. Jennifer says:

    When I read your post, I thought we would soon be seeing images of a very cold NYC on the news and indeed that’s the case. Brrr!! Thinking of you during such a fierce ‘cold snap’ and hoping that you are able to stay rugged up inside in the warm (your cat too). And remembering the fantastic photos of NYC in the snow that Fred used to post to his blog! And a gorgeous wintry Mucha. All the best for the new year, Jennifer xx

    • artmodel says:

      Jennifer,

      Happy New Year! I also remember Fred’s amazing New York snow photos! He has such a sharp eye for a great shot. As for our current cold snap, it’s starting to break. Temps later in the week are supposed to go up to 45 degrees! Maybe I’ll wear shorts and flip flops! 😆

      Thanks so much for your comments. Hope you’re not freezing over there in England. Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2018!

      Claudia

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