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So several months later and a few short days before having to set off on our French journey, with many things to do, I felt the sudden need for a diversion and decided to once again tackle the business of figuring out how to download music to the cell phone. I very quickly managed to discover, after some trial and error I won't describe, that the method was very simple and much much quicker than the last time I had done it for my Treo 650! I chose several best loved CD's, opened up the media player, plugged in the phone appropriately, and synched away quite happily for an evening -- all the while patting myself on the back at how clever I could be after all!
On our way down to the South of England -- I am now in Tadworth, Surrey -- I sat happily with my earphones on listening to the end result of all my efforts. As I prefer to listen to classical music above all others and The Man prefers popular music, we were able to satisfy both of us. I especially like to listen to opera -- especially the genre of romantic bel canto and my choice was an old favorite that I'd not listened fully to for years and years: Rossini's La Siege de Corinthe. My recording was a performance in La Scala with the late Beverly Sills and Marilyn Horne. I can remember listening to it as a teenager as it was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera with tears streaming down my cheeks -- emotional as only teenagers can be -- because I knew that Sills' daughter was deaf and it had struck me that her daughter would never be able to hear her mother sing ... I digress ... My goodness, the music is delicious, Sills and Horne were divine. It is s shame it is not seen and heard more often.
I was only able to listen to the first half of this favorite when we arrived at our destination, but am looking forward to concluding it tomorrow when we once must again 'hit the road'! Ahhhh bliss!!! Now, should there be any other classical music lovers reading this, the Proms begins on Friday and I want to recommend that you watch or listen to a very very talented and young British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor. I have been following the career of the young man since the age of 11 and I promise he will knock your socks off! I hope to have the TV set up in France and watching on BBC 2 in time!