The first daffodil opened today - I suppose it's not fully open, it probably didn't see the point on this cloudy and drizzly day - but I was certainly happy to see it there, reminding me that the days are growing longer and that spring, or at least hints of spring, will be more frequent in coming days and weeks. Yes, 'simple gifts' indeed.
When I was reading the NYTimes this morning, the online version - I saw the piece from last Thursday about the performance on Inauguration Day of the John Williams piece 'Air and Simple Gifts'. I thought that it was a beautiful piece, and when I read that it was pre-recorded, I first thought 'who cares?' and then realized that I cared so little that I found it odd that they just didn't say so. Transparency, right? Nonetheless, I enjoyed it - especially the section performed by the clarinetist, Anthony McGill (taken from, I believe, an old shaker hymn tune). If you haven't heard 'Air and Simple Gifts', do listen to the pre-recorded, but matched, version...which '...served the moment.'