Tabarly

I don’t understand a word of this (Oh I wish I did – One day I WILL learn French!) but I love this trailer for the french documentary Tabarly that came out a few years ago. I keep coming back to it every now and then – the vintage footage, the beautiful shots of the boat being tossed by the gigantic waves (reminiscent of Tacita Dean), not to mention Yann Tiersen’s beautiful score (he also composed the Amelie soundtrack).
The documentary is about Eric Tabarly who is considered to be the father of French yachting and competed successfully up until he was in his late 60s. He died in 1998 when he was knocked off of his yacht and was lost at sea. His body was recovered five weeks later by French fishermen.

In every human being, a divine spark.

After seeing Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicchi at the Met last weekend, I was reminded of just how beautiful the aria ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ is.  It’s absolutely body shivering divine – the best minute of the opera.  I wonder sometimes if composers know exactly when they’ve struck it – that golden melody that will play and thump upon the heart strings of millions for centuries.  It must have been a moment of uncontainable joy.  And to do it over and over again like Puccini did!  Unfathomable really.  When I searched for a video of this aria, I came across tons of Maria Callas, and I was reminded of how lovely and elegant she was. Here she is, in her element. The joy she gets from performing is palpable.