Saturday, October 7, 2017

Comedowns are the flip side of Comebacks

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He overcomes through music

Two days ago we happened into the middle of a work on classical WFMT;  it captured our imagination sufficiently to track it down when we returned home from the playlists.  It was Tobias Picker's Romances and Interludes.  

We found these program notes on it from an Indiana U performance:  "Romances and Interludes was inspired by Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano. Composed by Schumann in 1849, Drei Romanzen is the only contribution of an original solo work by a major Romantic composer to the entire 19th-century oboe literature. Picker embedded these pieces in his own composition which flows breathlessly through a succession of romances and interludes introduced by a prelude."

We had not heard the name Tobias Picker before, and have started exploring his work.  Enroute, we came across his own comeback story, and share it here:

'How making music helped me fight Tourette's' - The Jewish Chronicle


Crohn's Patient Gets Something to Smile About

Crohn's Patient Gets Something to Smile About

Monday, September 4, 2017

Greatest tennis comeback

...is what ESPN's Darren Cahill just called Juan Martin del Potro's 5 set win over D. Thiem. Del Potro was down 2 sets, and later 2 match points. Buoyed by the fans, especially those wearing Argentine regalia, he never quit fighting, and defeated the talented 23-year-old. 

This is why we love tennis.

 Match of the 2017 tournament so far.

Re "greatest comeback ever." Perhaps. But calls to mind Pete Sampras' unforgettable 1996 win over Alex Corretja.

 

That and Jimmy Connors, 39, improbable 1991 run at the US Open.



Let's call them the three best tennis chills and thrills, how's that?

Small world dept. Tennis immortal Pete Sampras is a distant cousin of my hitting partner, Chicagoan Jeff Goby.