Thank you for adding me, Richard and I appreciate your comment. I have recently admitted to myself and close family that I no longer believe in religion, nor to I want it or need it in my life. So, I am still on the journey of discovery and confidence, if that makes sense! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your discussions and posts.
Ok Richard, I visited your FB page....and couldn't remain silent. It's nice to see I'm not the only person who has a douche bag or two that always tries contradict everything you say. Also, that church story above, is PRICELESS!!!!!!!
Well, having to travel to Bloomsbury to study I don't want to spend most of my days on public transports. The furthest I've looked was probably Greenwich. I find Canary Wharf much more inviting, though, albeit a tad more expensive :P
That's funny. Fortunately for me the old nun was not as disagreeable as a rash. In fact she was last vestige of the school's religious origins. I was for the most part also spared from a religious up bringing. My parents had religion beaten out of them in Catholic school and I only occasionally attended church with my grandmother.
I like the story behind the graphic. Thanks for the link. Have you visited Darwin's house?
Korngold is a composer from a bygone era, when classical composers were merging with the more mainstream styles in movie scores. I was curious if you had ever dug into that realm, because there is a ton of great music there. I'm a big classical music buff, and I was even a professional musician for a time, but I keep in touch with friends who are in "the biz" and I listen to and attend alot of classical music concerts.
My biggest connection to Korngold is through a friend/teacher from the school where I got my music degree; a tenor named James King. He used to sing in an opera called Die Tote Stadt, by Korngold, quite alot. There are some videos of him doing it on youtube. Besides that the music is truly fantastic... many considered him the next "great" composer for a time, but that was when the public was turning away from "classical" music, not least of which because of the anti-european sentiment in the U.S. following the war. Such a shame, because he wrote some really great stuff.
As for the more modern stuff, I see you are listening to some Williams and the Lucia di Lammermoor mixup from Fifth Element. Lucia is a great opera, if you haven't check it out. I like Williams on some things, although I know alot about him personally too... he's more than a little bit of an ass, but it's a tough business and he is king of the world in it, currently. I think my favorite score from a movie recently was Deer Hunter. Well that's not so recent for some, but to me it's really pretty new. :^)