Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne
Blessent mon cœur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

Autumn is here and with it the usual diseases: the flu, the common cold, the melancholia. Consequently, I'm at home nursing a sick child. It wouldn't be so bad except for the little one's constant crying when she's not asleep. I try my best to cheer her up, but a high fever is hard to live with if you're four years old (or 41, for that matter).

This weekend I revisited the isolated cottage I first wrote of in 2011. As usual, we had a nice evening of good food, decent wine and a fine brandy. The night was cold and clear with a spectacular full moon and lots of stars visible.

We listened to a lot of music fitting for the season and the mood, including some film music by Zbigniew Preisner and Yann Tiersen. I was glad to discover that Zbigniew Preisner's entire Requiem for my friend (dedicated to his friend Krzysztof Kieślowski) is available on Youtube.

I'm looking forward to hearing Brahm's Ein deutches Requiem on November 2.