May 2 2016

The No. 5 and the VJ day

I’ve been to Beethoven – Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 many times and listen to it at home, constantly. His music, this in particular strikes me as seriously, heavy, overcoming and eventually triumph.

This was the war turn in WWII, the Jap’s surrendered on on August 15, 1945 and on September 2, 1945, the ceremony of a formal surrender was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri, where and when President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day -Victory over Japan Day.

Many years ago, an old gent sat next to me at Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center. It’s an rather expensive seat and most concert goers around me had season tickets, many of them had music sheets or book in hand. Before the first movement ended, the gent began to weep. He served in the US navy. Beethoven’s 5th was being played on all radio stations on VJ Day – to celebrate the defeat of the evilest evil. Guess Obama wasn’t born yet.

I would often tear up to this piece.

May 2 2016

The Bar at Clement @ the Peninsula

The Peninsula New York
700 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212 956 2888

Their entrance is on 55th Street.  The entrance is rather short, not to a point of feeling chocking, and the bar Clement is pretty noise; the cute low back chair is uncomfortable.

We ordered a bottle of Keller Estate 2013 ‘The Peninsula’ Pinot noir – fruity and light. The bar served small accompaniments – roast cashew, cheese cubes and olives, all were good. The street parking is 6pm-midnight, $1 per 18 min or so -:).

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