Sunday, July 27, 2014

Matthew 13: 31–33; 44–52

All it takes is three bars of Mozart. I’m dozing in my chair with music playing in the background when all at once I wake up, maybe even sit bolt upright. Suddenly I’m on safari with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. I’m managing a coffee plantation; I’m shooting lions. I’m lounging over dinner in a glorious landscape with monkeys watching the turntable of an old record player. I’m flying over the Rift Valley in the early days of aviation, seeing people and animals, mountains and plains from a perspective rarely glimpsed by human eyes. The world of Out of Africa has claimed me, and the opening notes of Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet in A Major took me there.

 

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