Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alexander Bernstein: Remembering My Father

I know with all of the Dame Joan coverage it seems that I've been going on ad nauseum about items relating to mortality ... Friendlies, I couldn't help but bring this one to you, too.

On the 20th anniversary of the death of composer, conductor, pianist, author and educator Leonard Bernstein, his son Alexander Bernstein has written an exclusive on dot429.com - which is a professional networking website for the LGBT communities and their allies.

Alexander Bernstein's article reads in part:
It seems impossible that twenty years have passed since my father (Leonard Bernstein) died. Or perhaps, I should write, I haven’t seen my father for twenty years! Sometimes I feel as though he is on tour again and will be back at any time now…

My father traveled a great deal. When he was home, though, he was really home. As a composer, he didn’t have an office to go to like the other dads. He would stay up very late working and then wake up very late. He would always be there when we came home from school, ready to play (or at least not minding if we played quietly in his studio while he worked). In the summertime we had him all day long for swimming, tennis, sailing, or just eating six ears of corn apiece. Sometimes he would play something for us as soon as he finished writing it and would ask our opinions. Undoubtedly, it was always “terrific” because he had such faith in his work and played with such joy and energy.
For more of Alexander Bernstein's article, Yours Truly *highly* encourages you to pop on over to dot429.com.

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