MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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Just look at this wonderful plate of Carrots....real ones that come out of the ground (rather than a frozen packet,) with some garlic and parsley added..Delicious!!

 To the side of that, there's a plate of steak hache and chips plus a good glass of regional red wine and then a coffee....all for 8 euros!!!

This Cafe , called ' Cafe du Midi' is situated in the Medieval Village of Tourrettes Sur Loup, just about 7 kilometres from Vence where I live on the Cote d'Azur. Here, there are no cheques or bank cards.....one pays with cash ..that's it!!

 All sorts of people come here from local workman to the local gentry. It's always pretty full. We are served by members of the family who have owned it for nearly 100 years. The menu never changes much but I come here often each week because this kind of experience is so special and has become the ' bedrock' of my inspiration for certain aspects of my work as a composer.

  With me comes Monsieur Bertie....my Dachshund, who is a rather disagreeable character as a result of being thrown out of a car in a box and left on the road. He does however have the tact to remain quiet in his tiny basket ( he's only 5 kilos ) when he sees me lay out my score on the table.

I don't understand exactly what happens but it's like a switch that goes on and suddenly amidst all that talking and buzz of a busy Cafe, the Flutes and Oboes are making advances, the Percussion is demanding attention and the Strings are telling me about their Love Life!!! While the Cello and Violin in this particular work, which is a  Double Concerto are saying, ' What about me Mate'???.

The Title of the Work is ' Venus Conjunct Mars' .....It's the Story of the Feminine and Masculine Energies ( or Animus and Anima) in all of us and therefore in the World. The Cello represents the Animus or masculine and the Violin ,the Anima or feminine.... A bit of a Pipe Dream perhaps in that  in this context, they are not polarised...Ha Ha!!!! But there is no harm in Dreams and Visions....and I envisage for our World, Peace, Beauty, Love and No Fear!!! Have a lovely evening All.....Jilxx