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The man who survived. Norodom Sihanouk. Sometime prince of Cambodia, king, prime minister, revolutionary, demigod. Dead at 89, October 15, 2012.

October 26, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. When the Abbe Sieyes, one of the first three consuls of the new French government of 1799 was asked what he did during the Terror, he replied “I survived.”  Everyone who had done the same would have understood at once just how signal an achievement that was. It …

‘This, too, shall pass.’ On the majestic Monarch butterfly now in diminished numbers flying indomitable but for how long? Look up in awe, as this great thing of beauty soars above us, threatened.

October 25, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. As I write, in early October, the Monarch has just about finished its great conjuring trick for another year; rising, flying, gliding, dancing in its millions with sun beams as it hastens, like so many snow birds, on to Mexico and the warmth that sustains its kind. There …

‘Simple things made him happy.’ Dave MacNeill, dead at 80, August 28, 2012; a man whose blissful mission was music. An encomium for this man of notes.

October 24, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People, Life, Opinion

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s Program Note. When I was growing up in suburban Chicago in the 1950s listening to the musical compositions deemed “classical” was close to a signed admission that you were liberal, progressive, or worse, some kind of left-leaning, long-haired, sexually liberated and Communist sympathizing egg-head, and that’s a fact. Classical music …

‘God rest you merry, gentlemen’. At my home that means preparing everything for the visit of the Prince of Peace. It’s a true labor of love.

October 23, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Please note the date: Saturday October 13 for this is the opening of the Christmas preparation season for 2012. Archeologists and cultural historians will be grateful to me in years hence when they get their government grants and write their learned tomes about the whys and wherefores of …

Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor 1742-1745. A must-have imperial image found by a connoisseur, restored by a master, shared with you in its full majesty.

October 22, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. You are about to be taken inside a world of finesse, exquisite manners, bon ton, a world where la douceur de la vie was perfected in every particular and where every moment away was quite simply unbearable. I am talking, of course, of eighteenth century Europe and more …

‘Pardon the witches of Connecticut’, say relatives. ‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you.’ Some thoughts.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. It all happened a long time ago, in 1663 in fact, but some of the good citizens of Connecticut just cannot let it go. And it’s easy to understand why. After all, it was their ancestors who were burnt, hanged and otherwise mistreated because their anxious neighbors deemed …

At a lunch counter in Harvard Square. A place of friendly people and tasty meals; a dinosaur en route to extinction. Some thoughts.

October 18, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Fine Art, Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  We’ve been having a lot of rain lately here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s the kind of rain that all locals greet with amiable forbearance, saying even to total strangers (especially if they are grumbling), “We need the rain.” It makes us feel important when we say it; as …

‘… before the darkness falls.’ Thoughts on my father’s last home, changing places and the pains that make us human.

October 15, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. It is 3:07 a.m. here in the East. It is not so much that  I cannot sleep. Rather, it’s that I don’t want to. I am thinking about my father as I often do. He is undoubtedly asleep now, has gotten safely through another day and will awake …

All Hallow’s Eve, October 31, 2012 with II Commendatore, the headless body of Ichabod Crane, still hopeful pathetic Linus van Pelt, and a Great Pumpkin youyou will never see and one you will. You’re invited… formal dress and all decorations to be worn…

October 11, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s  program note. Leave it to Mozart, thrilling Mozart, sublime Mozart to produce the most evocative music for the multi-aspect event we call Halloween. It is, of course, from “Don Giovanni” (premiered in Prague, 29 October 1787). I am talking of Il Commendatore’s adamant call to Don Giovanni, his summons to …