Here is my favourite quote of all time from American author, Richard Powers. You’ll find a slower read below.
Richard Powers is the author of ten novels, including Galatea 2.2, The Echo Maker , and Generosity. His writing often combines fiction with the themes of historical events or, as with his latest book, scientific developments. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He lives in Illinois.
‘Art is a way of saying what it means to be alive, and the most salient feature of existence are the unthinkable odds against it.
For every way there is of being here, there are an infinity of ways of not being here.
Historical accident snuffs out whole universes with every clock tick.
Statistics declare us ridiculous.
Thermodynamics prohibits us.
Life, by any reasonable measure, is impossible, and my life – this, here now –infinitely more so.
Art is a way of saying, in the face of all that impossibility, just how worth celebrating it is to be able to say anything at all.’
2020 will have a different soundtrack for each of us. Here is the Lockdown Playlist of some of my friends.
I’m a great Musical Comedy fan and Patty La Phon is THE best. Guaranteed to make you feel great. Heather L
I hadn’t played the piano for 40 years, but during the lockdown I decided to re- learn the first two movements of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.After much time(of which I had plenty) and many, many mistakes, successfully learning to play this beautiful piano piece again has been a joyful highlight of my lockdown experience. Libby M
My soundtrack to Lockdown since August 28th 2020 has been Brahms’ Lullaby. Our fifth grandson, Zac, was born on that date. As a mother of three daughters I thought that I was quite the expert on girls , and having five grandsons has certainly put me on a steep learning curve since grandson number one, Alex, was born in September 2002, eighteen years ago.Since that date, almost every nappy change that I have made for Alex, Ben, Sam, Flynn and now for baby Zac , has been accompanied by an airborne stream which the baby boys seem to delight in firing anywhere and everywhere! Boys, but you do have to love them, don’t you!! Hence, my choice of music , 24 hours of Brahms’ Lullaby to soothe us all! Philippa Q.
When it looked as if Lockdown was here to stay some of us worried about the upcoming footy season and how it might be affected. As a Tiger supporter I’d been looking forward to some happy afternoons and evenings cheering on our premiership team. Well, we know how that story ended with teams relocating to far away places, welcome because they bought cash and life to the far West and North whilst we here in Melbourne suffered the indignity of becoming pariahs of the game we invented ! Interest waned as stories of bad behaviour , sad tales of families torn apart as if by war and a general malaise set in as the months wore on. My only contact was The Coodabeen Champions on Saturday mornings with stories of past players, songs of bygone eras and the wonderful talk back callers like Peter from Peterborough, Nigel from North Fitzroy and Pearl from the Peninsula.
But then came the finals with two Victorian teams fighting it out in Brisbane. On Saturday lunchtime I took a walk down Swan Street and spotted Waleed Aly and his family heading for the ‘G’, past the street where Club President Peggy O’Neil lives and suddenly Footy was alive again. It really didn’t matter who won, we were back in town and this song by Paul Kelly says it all. Melbourne was, is, and always will be the home of Aussie Rules…..Go Tiges ! Jeanette F
Melbourne singer Angie MacMahon wrote this last year, but it perfectly captures the ennui of Lockdown. 500,000+ hits tells you something. Kerry C
The wonderful tenor Andrea Bocelli singing Con Te Partirò never fails to lift my spirits. It’s one of those songs which lifts the dopamine levels – just what’s been needed during lockdown. This live performance in the Piazza Dei Cavalieri, Italy in 1997 also triggers memories of a Europe we cannot visit at the moment. Annie G