Friday, December 16, 2011


"And now," said my then four-year-old niece, sitting at the piano one Christmas afternoon, "I'll play you some music from my FAVORITE composer, Beethoven."  Whereupon she turned toward the keyboard and plunked out a few random notes.  That was 12 years ago now; she's about to turn 16.

Anyway, if Beethoven happens to be your favorite composer, too, or at least one of them, he was born on this day in 1770, so that makes it, um, let's see, 241 years ago. (?)

So Happy Beethoven's Birthday to you!