Monday, July 2, 2012

The Symphony is Back

I heard it - as I walked across the gym parking lot from one of my rare short visits to that establishment - the Symphony Orchestra was tuning up under an orange moon looming large in the turbulent summer dusk.

The Katydids were back.  A Katydid is a large bug that looks like a leaf, and is my favorite musician.  They sing at night in the trees, and say "Katy did, Katy didn't."  (I hear the hipster Katydids prefer to be called Katydidn'ts.)

They adjust tempo according to ambient temperature.  The hotter it is, the faster they play.  In the middle of August you'll hear Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee (or, Katydid), and you'll think "oh man this isn't good.  In late September, Barber's Adagio will creep out from among the trees under a bright cool moon, signaling the end of the festivities of summer as the Symphony prepares to gently fade into the longer nights.  My mom first introduced me to The Symphony.  I remember sitting on the front porch one summer night, and she said "Oh, listen!  It's like it's a symphony in the forest!"  I've loved that sound every since.

So, when I got my iPhone years ago, initially skeptical about the need for a video camera, I had my mind changed when I had the opportunity to interview one of these members of The Symphony.

So, if The Symphony is playing in a forest near you...Take a listen.  I think you'll like what you hear.

- Josh