First day of autumn. Here in the eternally damp wilds of Tennessee it's a rain-drenched day, only 58 degrees (that's Fahrenheit, for those of you in Helsinki). An invigorating chill.
My favorite season has begun and I'm already lamenting that it will be far too brief. Autumn is a heavenly gift sandwiched between sweltering summer and eternal winter. Savor autumn while you can.
In honor of the occasion, I hastily made a video (yesterday) entitled Homage to Autumn. It was difficult piecing it together. I used a haphazard array of royalty-free video clips found on the Internet.
There was absolutely no doubt about what music I chose to use. It's the Andante from the Piano Concerto no. 2 in F major by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975).
Strangely enough, Shostakovich was never one of my favorite composers - in fact I generally dislike his music.
The Andante from his second piano concerto, however, is one of my all-time favorite compositions. I think it's one of the most beautiful things ever written.
It captures the very essence of my autumnal soul: melancholy, sentimental, nostalgic, deeply emotional.
The video is quite long - six minutes - but I doubt if it will have a lethal effect on its viewers. I created it to (hopefully) capture the soul of autumn.
If you dare to watch it, please view it on full-screen.
Welcome to autumn! Cheers, Jon
Here's a photo of Shostakovich with his cat