Saturday, June 27, 2009
WHEN MY SHIP COMES IN
I don’t spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what I’m going to do when my ship comes in. (Notice I don’t say “if” but “when”). I’m expecting a very large ship filled with gold bullion, and since that is the case, I don’t want to be standing on the dock and not have a plan.
So that I don’t seem selfish, you need to know that of course my families will be taken care of first. But I’ve been thinking about what I am going to get for myself, something I’ve always wanted and could only have if a boat came in. Here it is.
This is a modPod Egg Chair. It is based on an egg chair that was designed by Lee West for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY. Its function, in addition to being a wonderful place to nestle into, is to provide surround-sound music. It also has a tactile transducer, which produces sound vibration and enhanced bass. Now that latter equipment isn’t all that important to me, but at least it is there if I want it. The article says you have to use your own iPod or other portable device to listen to music the way it was intended to be heard. Since I don’t have an iPod I will have to invest in one and hire my son Sean or my grandson Brendan to put all my most-wanted music on it. If there is one thing that could pull me away from the computer, it would be an Egg Chair with my music waiting for me.
Now for music, I’ll start with three different Requiems - Faure’s, Brahms’ and Berlioz’s. And didn’t Andrew Lloyd Webber do one too? Yes, put it in also. Then I’ll have George Anthiel’s “Eight Fragments from Shelley.” Next, I’ll take some organ music, the kind that blows you right out of your seat before the music ends, like some of the stuff I’ve heard at the Mormon tabernacle when their organists perform during the lunch hour and want to give the audience an overview of the organ’s capabilities. But to balance that out, I also want all of Stephen Foster's now-politically incorrect sweet and lovely music played by these same people. I’ll take all the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, concerts by the Three Tenors (ah…..) and the Three Rabbis (lesser known but almost as wonderful). Throw in all the Time/Life “Music of the ‘70s,” some good honest bluegrass, and whichever group of bagpipers does Amazing Grace so well I just have to shed a tear. And one stage musical – Phantom of the Opera. The list is endless.
Now that’s for a start. Any of you are welcome to suggest something I might like, or that you want me to hear. Since I’ll be spending the rest of my life like the yoke of an egg, I’ll have time to listen to it.
I see on the internet that the modPod chair comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, and the cost is only $2,149 plus tax, with shipping charge of $250. With the bullion available on my ship, that price won’t be a problem. I can’t wait.
Until then I’ll just have to be content with my little CD’s played through my computer speakers. But you’ll hear my scream for sure when the boat finally appears.