I’m sorry… Beethoven is dead.

Gleek wanted to meet the guy who did the Fantasia music. She figured he must be pretty cool, since he got to be in a movie.

I had to break the news to her that he was dead. She was very worried, until I explained to her that he wrote that music hundreds of years ago, and lived to be really old. She was still disappointed, but is also pretty secure in our shared religious beliefs.

“I will just see him when we all come back.” And off she went to play.

Yeah. His is one of the hands I’d like to shake, too. But I expect there will be a line.

15 thoughts on “I’m sorry… Beethoven is dead.”

  1. But I expect there will be a line.

    That reminds me of Mark Twain’s version of heaven, where no one ever gets to meet the cool famous people, and the most they can even hope for is a brief glimpse at some kind of public spectacle.

    1. Heh. That’s pretty awesome.

      I figure if heaven does exist, it has hopefully been intelligently designed (*g*) to deal with such issues. :-p

      1. They actually combine heaven for fanboys with hell for celebrities into one eternal Autograph session. An endless flood of geek-out squiels, sweaty palms, and hours upon hours nitpicking trivia.

  2. When I hear Beethoven, I think of the movie, “Clockwork Orange”. Same thing with “Singin’ in the Rain”. Forever poisoned.

      1. I’m pretty sure it was Beethoven #5 in the movie, although I haven’t actually seen it. Just one of those things that I’ve picked up in my life as a music geek. IMDb confirms it, though.

      2. Beethovens 9th. Alex in the movie is a big fan of our friend Ludwig Van. They used Beethovens 9th during his aversion therapy. So he became violently ill whenever he heard his favorite Ludwig Van symphony. I haven’t read the book, but I believe that is what happened there as well.

        From IMDB

        Alex: I woke up. The pain and sickness all over me like an animal. Then I realized what it was. The music coming up from the floor was our old friend, Ludwig Van, and the dreaded Ninth Symphony.

      1. Heaven and hell are the same place, except the non-sinners have fast-passes?

        Waiting in line forever sure sounds like hell to me, yea verily.

  3. First polysyllabic word I got from all my kids was “Beethoven”–which was their code for “Play me more symphony music, daddy!”

    It’s very interesting that little ones can really get into that kind of music, and stay interested all their lives if you can provide it.

    Must be some of the reason for the 200-300 classical music CDs around here, plus, of course, BNL and folk music for comic relief.

    (BNL = Bare Naked Ladies – a really good Canadian band.)

    1. BNL is not a “really good Canadian band.” They’re a really good BAND. PERIOD. They may be Canadian, but they’re good enough that they no longer need to use that as an excuse. 😉

      1. True, they don’t have to use excuses. Just thought I’d mention their origin. Youngest son taught himself to play guitar just so he could play some of their songs.

        Real joy is hearing my 11 year-old singing “oldies” like the Beatles, etc. along with all the symphony music.

        My lone musical talent is ‘playing the radio…’

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