So I decided to take a picture of some sheet music instead. I’m a musician (well, I like to pretend to be a musician at least), so sheet music is something which I find fascinating. The translation of the music on the page to what you actually hear! I’ll give ten points to anyone who can tell me what this piece of music is, but for those of you who don’t want to guess the answer will be at the bottom of this post. Anyway, I hope you like it.
On a related musical theme – some of you may know Phil and I often listen to Absolute Radio. Last year they started up a new show with exclusively 90s music, and just recently they’ve started up a whole new station which plays exclusively 90s music!
This makes me feel a bit old. Throughout my whole university life, 80s music was the old kind of music which we used to consider “a bit old but fun to dance to”. You know, you’d go out to cheesy tunes on a Friday night, and you could guarantee that they’d play a lot of 80s music. They’d play quite a few 90s songs as well, but that didn’t really have its own genre – it was just cheesy.
Well, now 90s music has its own genre, apparently. (I suppose genre is the wrong word but I can’t think of a better one at the moment). This is slightly scary, because 90s music was the stuff that I grew up with. When 90s music was just sort of lumped in with all the rest of the current music, I felt quite comfortable. Now, 90s music is given its own section, you know, just for those of us who are getting old enough to be nostalgic about how much better music was in the 90s…
I don’t know why, there is just something quite scary about that for me! 1999 doesn’t feel all that long ago for me (I still listen to some CDs I bought back then), and yet it was 10-11 years. I recently turned 27, which isn’t really old by most people’s standards, but ten years ago I would have thought that was pretty old.
C’est la vie. Life continues inexorably. It’s just one of those things that we all have to come to terms with sooner or later. Just don’t get me started about students starting at university this year who were born in 1992. 1992, for goodness’ sake! *Phill rants off into the sunset, or the rainset to be more accurate…*
The piece of sheet music I photographed was Chopin’s Valse Brillante, op. 34 no. 2