Day: May 22, 2016

Happy Birthday…

Today is the day of the year on which we remember a man known for the beauty of the music he wrote… if not exactly for his conciseness… Richard Wagner was born on this day in 1813 – by all accounts a handsome child, if not a long-winded one. In fact, little Richard’s 6th birthday cake was ruined, because when instructed to make a wish and then blow out the candles, he took so long to say he wanted a pony that the candles melted all over the icing of the cake. According to one family friend, little Richard was never any good at children’s games, such as baseball, because he took so long to run the bases that even the slowest opposition player could run him down and apply a tag. Wagner was, however, one of the premier grass-growing watchers in Leipzig, as well as a promising observer of paint drying, before he gave it all up to pursue a somewhat fanciful life as an opera composer. There are, of course, all those problematic little …