Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Considering a monarch

I was sitting outside a Starbucks today drinking my half-caf while reading some notes in preparation for an interview. That's when it happened.

A monarch butterfly appeared to be flitting through the thick Florida air in perfect sync with the music coming from the outdoor speakers. The music was Percy Faith's "Theme From a Summer Place'', surely one of the grandest songs of the ages. The butterfly never seemed to miss a beat. It was quite beautiful, just like Sandra Dee in the movie.

This remarkable moment reminded me something I was told recently. Which was: If you queue up Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon'' to the movie "The Wizard of Oz'' you will quite likely have an out-of-world experience. Now I will be the first to maintain the music to "The Wizard of Oz'' stands quite tall on its own merits. Who -- or what -- could possibly improve on Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow?''

Not that "Dark Side of the Moon'' doesn't have its own hypnotic powers. Nobody mentioned that drugs might somehow be involved in this experiement, but I have my suspicions. Has anybody tried this at home?

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