The Thrill of Them All
And this really was not the ultimate thrill, among which getting my book published certainly qualifies.
But--last Thursday, the 21st, I got to hear my name on the radio.
To explain: My niece Amanda belongs to the wonderful Langley Ukulele Ensemble. A group of talented young people, they tour the world, performing, and have released a number of CDs. Their latest CD, Classical Ukuleles, contains some of my favorite works.
Each weekday morning I listen to a (classical) music request show, Here's to You, on CBC Radio Two. Some time ago, I placed a request for Pachelbel's Canon in D by the Ukulele Ensemble. On Thursday they played my request in a fine presentation and announced my name. Twice!
Gave me chills, it did. CBC Radio is not just a local station. It's Canada-wide, coast to coast. Judging by some of the requests they get, many Americans listen. I figure a couple million or more people heard the request. And my name!
And then I wondered: is that my fifteen, well three, minutes of fame?
It was still a thrill. And according to another, much more cynical, song by Marianne Faithfull, A Thrill's a Thrill.
Cat -- listening to Snakecharmer by Ottmar Liebert
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
-- Danny Kaye