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Classical Notes: March 27, 2013 Archive

What would you want to hear for your last commute?

Posted at 6:49 AM on March 27, 2013 by Brett Baldwin (12 Comments)

Longtime listener Patrick K. wrote in, telling the story of his daily commute home. After 20+ years at the same job, he's retiring, and was wondering what Friday Favorites host Steve Staruch might recommend for his final Friday Favorites as a commuter on March 29, 2013.

His note:

Hi Steve,

For Friday Favorites this week, I wonder if you could play something to help me celebrate my final commute? I've been making the drive from Ramsey to MSP Airport--and back--for the better part of 20 years, and Classical MPR has been my "buffer" along those thousands of bumper-to-bumper miles. And Friday Favorites has been there for many of the wearisome end-of-the-week treks home.

I retire on Monday - April Fools Day. No joke! And so on my last Friday evening commute, I'd like to hear something that celebrates the journey. . . .

(I know it is Good Friday, so I'll understand if a little self-indulgence doesn't make the cut.)


As is somewhat customary at Classical MPR, Steve sent an email to the staff asking for their suggestions, and they came pouring in.

Morning host John Birge had this to say:

Adams Short Ride is always good. Copland Sunday Traffic.

Also, this quote:

"You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow."  -Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket

Overnight host and producer Valerie Kahler:

American in Paris recommends itself with those taxi horns. Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The last bit of Peter Hope's Momentum Suite? One of the Moto Perpetuos? (I dig the Sergei Nakariakov one, even though I was disappointed to learn he wasn't doing circular breathing)
And ever the movie maven, weekend host Lynne Warfel suggested
The Theme from "Airport" (Alfred Newman).

What do you think we should play?

Suggest a Friday Favorite song for longtime listener Patrick! We want to celebrate his final work commute on the 29th. When you think of pieces that speak to travel, change, or celebration, what comes to mind?

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