05-17-04 .. and your mama's good-lookin' ..

a vivaldi concert in saint chapelle last night, followed by creme brulee, chocolate cake with creme anglaise, and hot chocolate. the performers last night chose "summertime" as their encore. it's like they knew we were in the audience. the song is evocative enough on its own, but being far from home and remembering when I first heard the song -- grandmother's rocking chair, mama singing, and me (naturally) crying like a beast -- moved me all the more. this city has been very, very kind to me, and I can see now why so many americans find themselves here.

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