Sunday, June 16, 2013

Opera insights on the roller coaster

My little nephew George Henry talks incessantly even on cliffhanger roller coasters and today he was talking nonstop as we ascended the first hill on the Silver Comet.

Part of me wanted to shush him up because how can you enjoy this sheer vertical drop if you are chattering all the while? On the other hand he tells me interesting things.

One thing he told me was that the German word for "parrot" was "Papagei."

Wow, that explains were "Papageno" comes from! Papageno, the birdcatcher in Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

I had never known that.

Who knows where you will find new insights into music history?

Or from whom?

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