Since we're heading off-site tomorrow and Scott and I are spending the beginning of next week in Rome, I just realized that last night was my final chance to enjoy Tonino's cooking at C'era una volta. I think he must have known, because he pulled out all the stops with a homemade ricotta (?) cheesecake topped with some sort of heavenly preserves (raspberry?) to conclude the meal. My Italian was too limited to verbally express how I felt about the cheesecake, so I defaulted to a round of applause. I think we understood each other.
Before the cheesecake arrived, I was considering the various means by which we discover new music. By "new music," I mean music that was previously unfamiliar to us. For me, songza and pandora came to mind quickly, but I rarely if ever discover new "classical" music using these services. More often than not, I look to a few trusted mavens (my friends who are active in commissioning and performing new music, a handful of music "critics") for this, but I suspect many people learn to love certain pieces of classical music after hearing them in film scores.
What if we created movie-themed playlists that allowed "classical" and "non-classical" musics to happily co-mingle? I'm envisioning a "films starring Daniel Day Lewis" playlist featuring works by Radiohead, Arvo Pärt, Brahms... For me, this would be a thrilling point of departure, and I suspect it could open new avenues of musical exploration for a lot of people. And it might be a gentle way to introduce even more classical music into the ever-expanding world of curated, streaming playlists and online radio stations.
Here is a picture of some cheese. I believe this is all Buffalo milk.