Sunday Serendipity

I want to thank Bink for the work he did last year creating a playlist of all of Jace’s Sunday Serendipity selections. He linked to them here

I had bookmarked the link but hadn’t gotten around to playing them until Saturday afternoon when I played them for 5 hours straight, commercial free. I think Bink said there was around 24 hrs worth of music on that list. I truly enjoyed it. Playing that many selections all at once I was able to notice the difference in Jace’s approach and mine. It may have been because he actually knew what he was doing, Me? not so much.

My process for deciding what to play each Sunday is very random and haphazard. It depends on what catches my attention (if anything does) then running with it. This week Felix Mendelssohn popped up in a novel I was reading and so it goes.

Enjoy, Jack

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844)

Performed by: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soloist: Anne Sophie-Mutter, violin


48 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jack, thank you. a special “thank you” too to both you and bink for jace’s list.


    in re today’s selection, here’s wiki:

    Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, is his last large orchestral work. It holds an important place in the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history. A typical performance lasts just under half an hour.
    Mendelssohn originally proposed the idea of the violin concerto to Ferdinand David, a close friend and then concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Although conceived in 1838, the work took another six years to complete and was not premiered until 1845. During this time, Mendelssohn maintained a regular correspondence with David, who gave him many suggestions. The work itself was one of the foremost violin concertos of the Romantic era and was influential on many other composers.
    The concerto was well received and soon became regarded as one of the greatest violin concertos of all time. The concerto remains popular to this day and has developed a reputation as an essential concerto for all aspiring concert violinists to master, and usually one of the first Romantic era concertos they learn. Many professional violinists have recorded the concerto and the work is regularly performed in concerts and classical music competitions.

  2. saving national treasures.  good idea for the vaccine priority list in addition to the medics, 1st responders, gov’t continuity folk & those over 65.  it would be a challenge though.  am curious as to who the trail would put on this list???

    here’s AP story in time:

    (FORT YATES, N.D.) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is prioritizing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to those who speak Dakota and Lakota languages.

    Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Mike Faith tells KXMB-TV it’s about keeping customs alive.

    “It’s something we have to pass on to our loved ones, our history, our culture our language. We don’t have it in black and white, we tell stories. That’s why it’s so important,” Faith said.

    The Standing Rock reservation straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border and is home to about 8,000 people, more than half of whom live in North Dakota.

    Faith said only about 300 people on the reservation are fluent in the language.

    Frontline health care workers already have begun receiving he vaccine at the Fort Yates hospital, but starting next week priority will be for those who speak their native language.

  3. carl hiaasen, more serious than usual yesterday:

    You know how Nero fiddled while Rome burned? That’s how much Trump cares about the lack of COVID vaccines | Opinion


    “Operation Warp Speed” currently looks more like “Operation WTF.” The big rollout is rocky and slow throughout the country, but the only surprise is that people are actually surprised.


    Being a certain age, I have a vaccine hotline number on my speed-dial. It always rings busy, but I dutifully try over and over. The county where I live received only a few hundred vials and ran out within hours. Officials say they don’t know when more will arrive, but they’ll let us know.

    The Trump administration had promised 20 million vaccinations by the year’s end. As of New Year’s Day, about 14 million doses had been distributed nationally and only 2.8 million Americans had received the injection.

    Many states received smaller shipments than expected, and have pleaded for federal funds to help expedite and organize the mass vaccines. The president tweeted Wednesday that the government has done its job, and told the states to “get moving.”

    Then he went to the golf course.


    While working on this column, I continued trying to phone my local COVID hotline, as advised. Finally the call went through, and a short recorded message said the vaccine was all gone, for now. Click.

    Which was more helpful than a busy signal. But not much.

  4. Jack

    Thank you for the music


    Thank you for the hard work of creating a tribute to all the Sunday Serendipity created by Jace.

    Every Sunday brings us some beauty before diving into the sludge of politics once more.


  5. Thank you both Jack and Bink!
    Well… here it is…  that last Sunday for regular season football.  Can’t wait to see the playoffs…  even though the Patriots won’t be there this year.  I’ll be rooting for Brady and Gronk now.  I also love the Packers.  I’d love to see Brady vs Rodgers for the NFC Championship.  I’d bet it’d be a better game than the Super Bowl.

    tRUMPsky is a whining baby. Why are folks still following him?  Not just his uneducated base, but members of Congress are still propping him up.  Crazy.

    Also crazy, the anti-vaxxers. I expect it from q-razies like the new Congresswoman who says “my body, my choice,” but only when it comes to vaccinations.  Even frontline, medical workers are refusing vaccinations.   

    I want the vaccine and a card to show I’ve been inoculated so I can travel.

  7. Well one good piece of news today, Steven King is no longer in Congress
    Note the Confederate battle flag on his desk, as he is from Iowa it is not about culture.

  8. BiD, don’t we all.  Look for a boom in the travel industry. BTW our healthy 30 s0mething mayor got the shot before his many needy neighbors did. Situation normal *sigh*

  9. Let them refuse, It means you and I move up the line, the whole fricking world can refuse as long as they remember I’m here standing in line. I got no sympathy for idiots.

  10. So Dumbass and his dumb ass lawyer threaten the Georgia Secretary of State with criminal action if he doesn’t find the 12,000 votes he needs to win the state. Stupid bastard. It’s his version of “Nice place you got here. Be a shame to see anything happen to it. “

    During their conversation, Trump issued a vague threat to both Raffensperger and Ryan Germany, the secretary of state’s legal counsel, suggesting that if they don’t find that thousands of ballots in Fulton County have been illegally destroyed to block investigators — an allegation for which there is no evidence — they would be subject to criminal liability.

    “That’s a criminal offense,” he said. “And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer.”

    Stupid fuckers. 

  11. sounds like extortion for sure

    excerpt from that story pogo linked:

    Trump’s conversation with Raffensperger put him in legally questionable territory, legal experts said. By exhorting the secretary of state to “find” votes and to deploy investigators who “want to find answers,” Trump appears to be encouraging him to doctor the election outcome in Georgia.

  12. Apparently Trump wants the vote to be “recalculated”.  I could have sworn we counted not calculated.

    The man once more displaying his criminal mindset.


  13. Yes we have more confirmation that SFB is a criminal wannabe dictator or mob boss.  What should be a lot of fun is that in a few days he will be out of office and a lot of people will legally attack him.  No more presidential you can’t touch me BS.
    And, for me,  I am imagining that the whole of the White House is one screaming rage house.  The idiot and imbecile does not like having his dark actions shown the public spotlight.  This is one that has to have his sludged up brain case going into spasms.  Perhaps a blood pressure blow up could cause bigger issues in the grease laden blood vessels?  Rumours are that once set off he goes wild until calmed down by some distraction, just like a toddler having a fit.  So it is chuckles night tonight.

  14. You’re welcome.
    Remember when vaccines were mandatory?  There were no revolts, and i got an education out of the deal.
    Oh, well, like Jack said, if “you” don’t want it, i’ll take your dose, thanks.

  15. paul ryan?

    USATODAY via msn:

    WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Paul Ryan excoriated fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s win “anti-democratic and anti-conservative.” 


    “Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic,” Ryan said in a statement. “It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy.”

    Ryan asked fellow conservatives to think about the “precedent that it would set” and noted the Trump campaign’s failed efforts in the court to challenge election results in a number of states. 

    “The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed,” he added. “The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.”

  16. Off by “hundreds of thousands” of votes, but the whiner-in-chief only wants them to “find” 11,780.   

    Divide and conquer.

    Yep, SFB is loud and clear. Who’s the leaker? Or, was it leaked on purpose to influence this week’s election in Georgia?

  17. I think SFB leaked it on purpose.  It’s all  for his base.  But, yeah, impeach the bastard.

  18. Dr. Fauci said that we can vaccinate one million people per day.  That means we wouldn’t get everyone vaccinated until next fall, if everyone is willing to get vaccinated.  

    Wait, that’s just one shot. Double the time to complete the vaccination series. However, if 30% refuse…

  19. I’m there as soon as they make the vaccine available to old farts – both doses.  Just watched last hours of Tom Petty.  Apparently the triggering substance for his heart attack was fentanyl – on top of the oxycodone and Xanax he was on.  Pity. 

  20. Kamala Harris in Savannah GA on Trump’s incriminating audiotape: “It was the voice of desperation, most certainly that. And it was a bald, bald-faced abuse of power by the President of the United States.”

  21. Kamala is right – it’s the thing of autocrats.  He can’t leave soon enough.  T-17. Get the fuck out of our house.

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