It’s a classical unwind tonight at the old “Just Charlie” hacienda! And what an unwind it is! Ottorino Respighi’s great symphonic poem Pini di Roma, The Pines of Rome! I first heard this great piece on the field, 1975, played by the very first drum corps I ever saw live and in person, the Muchachos of Hawthorne, New Jersey. It has been one of my favorites ever since! Tonight I’m listening to the greatest conductor who ever lived – Karajan – leading the greatest symphony orchestra in the world – the Berlin Philharmonic! Great stuff!

Here’s a little snippet from my favorite part – I pini della via Appia – The Pines of the Appian Way – but the snippet’s not even the best part of the best part. Know what I mean, Vern? You’ll just have to take my word for it, and find the rest of that section. Chances are, it’ll be a part of your “at bat” playlist, just like it is a part of mine!