A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- Robert Heinlein
Ouch! Sorry -- that reminds me too much of helicopters and napalm. Thank you, Francis Ford Coppola! You ruined a beautiful piece of music for me. Personally, I would be leery of choosing a large operatic work. Their stories are always ones with trouble, tragedy, and strife. If one sails upon a warship, perhaps ...
As for me, it's all about listening and reconnecting to the world around you. Some describe it as finding the music of the spheres, but I think that's far too astronomical, not to mention too large a scale. I hear the sounds of man's silence - or perhaps we should call it the music of the piers. There's the the sound of water caressing pilings, high-fiving hulls, and flopping up on the harbor shore; the easy susurrus of the wind in the rigging; the atonal clanks of many halyards, hitting aluminum masts making a countermelody to the melodious (well, sorta melodious) calls of sea birds, and so much more. It's the most beautiful music in the world!
If I have gone down to single hand the boat for a sail, sometimes I'll just sit in the cockpit for a few minutes and listen before I start doing anything. It goes especially well with a cup of coffee -- juice of the holy bean as a friend calls it. But that's another thread.
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