Well, not exactly. Just going on vacation. Leaving today for the Yorkshire Dales, returning on September 4. No blog posts until I’m back. And I’m likely to delay in posting comments, too.
(Remember that I have to approve every comment that appears here. This isn’t to give me control of what’s being said. I’ve never rejected a comment because I disagreed with it. The approval process is to get rid of spam, which defeats most attempts to stop it — including those captchas, the words shown in a graphic that you have to type out — and on one occasion almost brought down the entire ArtsJournal site. Best thing is for me to delete it quickly after it appears, and prevent it ever from showing up on the blog.)
So, until September 5th or so, please be patient if a comment you posted doesn’t show up. That’s just me, trying to have a mostly work-free vacation. Except for work I’m thirsting to do, like writing my book.
Have a terrific August, everyone. I’ll be back in touch when I return.
And on the subject of fishing — does everyone know that fishing, in the US, at least, is an endangered activity, much as mainstream classical music might be? Hunting, too. Older people hunt and fish, younger ones not nearly as much.
The decline in fishing — at least as projected into the future — struck some people a while ago as so serious that they wanted fishing taught in our schools!
Which puts the demand for classical music to be taught in a curious perspective. To what extent are classical music people simply asking for something whose importance is self-evident, and to what extent — especially as seen by the outside world — are we simply acting as yet another special interest?
Many of us, I’m sure, might smile at the thought of fishing being taught. Or at least at the idea that this should have some strong priority. But maybe people who fish feel the same way about classical music.