14 thoughts on “Best Wishes for the Season

  1. shoreacres

    Holiday wishes to you, as well. Odd as it might seem to someone at your latitude, down here we’re rejoicing in an end to warmth and a return to more seasonal temperatures. No one wants a repeat of last winter’s freeze, but a cool Christmas would be deightful.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Not odd at all, I would say. I often think (at least until it gets bitter), that it’s easier to become comfortable by putting on layers when it’s colder than by taking them off when it’s hot! I wish you a cool Christmas and a joyous New Year!

  2. Curt Barnes

    At first I wasn’t sure why you made this choice for the holidays. Is it a reflection that, in the midst of the omicron surge, disappointments and crises in national politics, the climate crisis largely unaddressed, a lighter piece would seem false? But maybe Beethoven offers the ultimate affirmation: his genius emerged from our own species, after all, and as its apogee provides a reminder of our better… angels, if you will. We are worthier than our failures. Let’s celebrate that. And the Danish Quartet is just aces!

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Well you might ask! I debated a bit, but I like this work so much I thought, yes, why not put it up–and now you come and put an intelligent gloss, which I love, on my more rudimentary instinct. And, yes, it felt destined when I fell upon that wonderful Danish Quartet performance. I didn’t really expect to find something so good, and fairly recent, so the filming and sound are really good. Also, the adagio’s fugue subject reminded me of this: https://youtu.be/41HIXtBElH4, by which admission I probably reveal my vast ignorance about what I think I hear. But I. don’t. care. It is, as some are wont to say, my truth! Happiest of holidays to you and B.

  3. Britt Holland

    Dear Sue, I wish you a Merry Christmas ans a Happy New Year! As I heard the location where you live now has changed – mine is divided between Berlin and Bavaria. Alina talks of you often on our way with the triplets. Best wishes, Britta

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Britta! It’s always so good to hear from you, and I’m sorry I’m such a poor correspondent as of late. I cherish the visit we had with you and Alina, and please do send her my very best. Yes we are now, for the most part, in NYC–still have “stuff” to sort upstate, so back and forth a bit, but we are very, very happy to be in NYC again, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. May you and yours have a lovely, safe holiday season, and here’s hoping the year ahead is bright.

  4. roger mcclanahan

    A Merry holiday to you as well! Thank you for sharing your love of music and progressive politics.!

    On Mon, Dec 20, 2021, 6:18 PM Prufrock’s Dilemma wrote:

    > Susan Scheid posted: ” Best wishes for the holiday season, and here’s to > better times ahead. Listening List Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in > C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (1826) https://www.youtube.com/embed/NdDNeMIvhIo ” >

  5. hilarymb

    Dear Susan – I’m coming back to listen after noting the comments on your choice. I hope we can have some peace for the world and that this ‘thing’ will get up and go – stay safe and enjoy all you can – with thoughts – Hilary

  6. David Nice

    God Jul from the doughty Swede Sophie’s lovely apartment in Siena. Hope you and Josie will be able to make her hotel after it’s ready next September – who knows what freedoms we will have, or not, by then.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Happy Christmas to you and J and Sophie! What a wonderful place to spend the holidays–and something to look forward to in the coming year. May it be possible!

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