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Lindsay's Radio Editorial, 7 September
Submitted by JulianD on Thu, 2007-09-06 21:38
Audio and text from Lindsay's Radio Pacific Editorial, Friday Sept 7:
Don't be sad about Pavarotti. He lived a rich and full life, and made ours so much richer and fuller. He helped opera hold its own while the world was succumbing to heavy metal and rap-crap. He reminded us what single-mindedness, discipline AND passion in the service of beauty and joy could achieve. He enjoyed himself, and brought rapture to his audiences. He pinged out High Cs like a champion tennis player serving aces.
The comparison is apposite. One of his friends was John McEnroe. McEnroe would have heard the news shortly after completing yesterday's American Open commentary with Andre Agassi. The match was a quarter-final between Federer and Roddick. Like the previous day's match between Nadal and Ferrer, it was a sublime demonstration of single-mindedness, guts, grit, discipline and passion.
These are life's heroes, in whatever field. They embody so well the spirit of Tennyson's words, which I dedicate to them this morning:
Come, my friends,
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though
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