It was another refreshing morning walk. I would return there from time to time.
It was another refreshing morning walk. I would return there from time to time.
The unaccompanied cello suites by J.S.Bach has been deemed as the old testament in cello music. Technically, they are not so difficult to play just after the score as modern or romantic pieces for this instrument. The content is, however, profound and is like a mountain towering never conquered by climbers.
In its Prelude, I feel hearing the creation of the universe. Modern quantum theory tells there was a time when certain harmony was present immediately after the big bang of the universe creation process. Of course, it was not this suite itself which rang in the primitive universe. Something musical was present in the universe when it was born. This fact makes me touched a lot. And the spirit might be comparable to what we are impressed with this music.
Queryas is one of the best contemporary cellists. He plays this piece as if telling a story of creation. His concentration on the music is incredibly deep. There must be an effect of the reverberation in this recording. Together with it, his cello sings the song of creation with various nuances. Whenever I listen to his performance, I am lead to the world of creation. It is, in other words, a description of our inner world as well. Very fine texture and deep emotion.
Anner Bylsma, another great cellist recently passed away, used to tell we should play the unaccompanied suites as if telling stories. Queryas is a cellist who has realized his saying.
A long way to go for me to learn this piece.
This week end, I will have a chance to practice the cello sonata in e minor of Brahms with my niece at my sister's home. And a piece for soprano, cello and piano for a poem by Jukichi Yagi composed by a senior friend of mine in the medical school days. He has given that piece to me. It has been almost 20 years since I played it at a concert before the composer. I wish to play it again for him and other orchestra friends someday.
I have cooked chinese dumpling yesterday. I am inclined to make it too much at one time. So did I yesterday. It tastes not bad but is still boring if we take it for 2 or 3 consecutive days.
The cape is about 2 or 3 km in width covered with low to medium sized trees. A few promenades were prepared in it. I walked up to the peak of the cape. The breeze coming from the ocean was a bit cooler than in the inland area. Walking for 10 or 15 minutes, I have had much sweating.
There were a few wild lillies blooming. I have met only a few people on the way.
On the beach north of this cape, there was a group of surfers camping. There would be many more in the usual summer without the corona virus outbreak.
At around 3PM, remembering of cooking duty, I headed back to my home.
At the exit of the parking lot, there was a young staff taking a bow. Wondering if there was anyone leaving hotel, I looked around there. But no one beside myself. She was bowing to me. I have checked if there was any vacancy at the hotel when I came home. The web site said there had been some vacant rooms on plain week days. I suspect reservations were not so many as before. That was why the staff was courteously bowing even to me who just parked there.
It took less than a couple of hours. May I take my wife for a visit there some day.
I still love this area. Some years ago, no, even now, I have dreamed of moving there for retirement. This old place my parents and aunt have lived would never allow me to do that, though. I would visit there from time to time, even though, honestly speaking, I am not very excited to drive there any longer. Aging...
On Aug 20, a good and old friend of mine, John, W1ITU, has submitted an interesting story to Facebook as quoted below.
On that day in 1968, the Warsaw Treaty Organization, lead by the USSR, has invaded Czechoslovakia which was in the process of democratization named Prague Spring. Ham radio has worked as almost only information transmission medium when the other media like broadcasting were shut down at that time of this historical incident.
John has experienced the exciting event through ham radio as he described here.
I was out on a very late college date when the news came over the car radio that the Russians were invading Czechoslovakia. A few hours later, I went over to our college ham radio station and fired it up. There was a Czech station on, sending in Morse code, who had attracted a very large crowd of mostly West Europeans (we had both short and long skip that morning) and he was working one after another, repeating the same short message in English “I protest the Russian invasion and occupation of my country.” The reactions were very sympathetic, even from the Yugoslav stations. Then he was called by a Russian ham from the Moscow area. I thought, “this is going to get interesting.“ The Czech just repeated his same message. But the Russian didn't respond, and he just went away. The Czech worked a couple more stations and then all of a sudden, UA3KAA, the USSR Central Radio Club station in Moscow called. I recognized the station even before the callsign, because it had a very peculiar rattle on its signal. And it was almost never in the main part of the 20m code band. It stayed up higher, running a USSR-wide Russian morse code net. I used to copy them to practice receiving Russian morse code – and the Russians send beautiful code! Anyway, the Czech went right back to him, repeated his message, and then added, in Russian, “Pochemu? Pochemu? (Why? Why?) The Russian op answered in English, “Because old man your country has been in crisis.” I can still hear it! Everyone thought the contact was over, and started calling again. But underneath, I could hear UA3KAA still sending, but now in Russian, and he was flying! I would have given anything to able to have copied that, but the others calling over him made it impossible. And, then, suddenly, the Russian went down, and the Czech went down. It was over!
Everyone knows the Western countries or the UN have not substantially succeeded endorsing and supporting the democratization in Czechoslovakia. The USA was deeply involved in the Vienamese war and could not go out of the line of the detente with the USSR at that time. The other Eastern communist countries were concerned to be influenced by Prague Spring and were strongly against the democratization process.
The people in Czechoslovakia should wait for the reformation for democratization until 1989.
I remembered of this news at age 19 years, when I was going to wind ham radio up and to start getting ready for the entrance exam to medical school. Without knowing such an exciting drama has been on ham radio.
Ham radio was an important tool for communication world wide at that time. Such a historical event as this invasion of the USSR to Czechoslovakia has been handled by ham radio operators. In personal perspective, ham radio was more humane then. Ham radio was almost the only way to communicate with others in real time. There were a lot of chances to know the others in person.
I am afraid this human aspect of ham radio has been lost, if not all. It has become like a game without humanity itself. If they say it is just a trend irresistible for us in the history, we should accept it as it is. I still wonder if we are doing anything to go against it and to keep something essentially human, seemingly being lost, in this hobby.
I knew working in the garden farm had not been enough as an exercise to maintain own cardiopulmonary function. I started gaining some body weight as well. I should have moved the center of the gravity, that is, should have walked. Long lasting rain in the rainy season and the cruel heat wave have prevented me from walking. I decided to take a walk early in the morning again.
It is becoming a bit cooler in the morning hours around sunrise. Breeze is leaving comfortable touch on my face when I walk in the farms.
I found a farmer lady working for an egg plant farm. She seemed to harvest the plants as well as to trim them. I greeted and asked her how she was doing that. She cut unnecessary branches of the plants in order to nourish more to the fruits. Even thinking it was too commonplace words for me to give her, I told her it might be too physically tiring to do that. Showing bright smile on her face, she answered to me "No, it is rather interesting to work for the plants." I knew how wonderful it was to do with something alive. The more we work for them, the more they will reply to our efforts.