(Okay, also of the LOC's Jefferson Building. And my Christmas tights)
I've been transcribing lots and lots of interviews with master violin makers, many of whom have impossibly thick German accents. As a non-violin playing, part time classical music-listener, I'm learning a lot, but it sometimes gets a little dry. Far more exciting for me is the two-disc "primer" of international jazz that the Library's jazz curator (they have a curator of jazz. A full time specialist curator of jazz. This man... I will meet him next week. He unearthed all these John Coltrane/Thelonious Monk recordings nobody knew existed. And these discs, especially the Brazilian stuff... he has amazing taste). But this weekend should be fun. Tomorrow I'm planning to meet up with a couple friends from Turkey! Americans who were on that programme with me. One lives a little outside D.C, and another's at college in New York but in town for the weekend... so glad I picked up on his facebook feed. And on Sunday, my godfather's taking me to Thomas Jefferson's old house, Monticello. By all accounts it's an architectural marvel with beautiful grounds, and of course the history is fascinating, so I'm very glad about that.
So, I know I'm throwing lots of videos at you lately, but I guess it's just how I'm relaxing these days. You get my leftovers, but I think today's is pretty damn fantastic.