Last week, I mentioned that I would like to explore two themes–creativity and passion. When I think of passion, I think of Bill McGlaughlin.
Over the past month or so, my wife and I have had a radio on in our room. I couldn’t tell you what station it is, but I know it has NPR broadcasts, as well as Bill McGlaughlin’s broadcast, “Exploring Music.” Each night, we listen to Mr. McGlaughlin explore the intricacies of classical music. Of course, we don’t stop everything and listen to him during this time, but he is in the background as we hang out with Sevaeh and play our Scrabble games and have our discussions.
Sometimes, however, I have to stop my activities and simply hone in on what McGlaughlin is saying. He might have some startling insight on Mozart or Bach, or he might have a little known fact about a performance of a symphony back in 1883. He also might play a spattering on the piano and explain what’s going on in the midst of a certain segment of music. All the while, you can hear the passion in his voice. He loves this stuff!
If I had to describe the host in a sentence, I would say he is charming, whimsical, and borderline hypnotic. Honestly, I don’t think I would listen to classical music everyday if it were not for Bill McGlaughlin. And I definitely wouldn’t care to know the count on a line of music if it were not for him. So my hat is off to the man who continues to enlighten me for 58 minutes and 30 seconds on weekday evenings. Thank you Mr. McGlaughlin.
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