Crib From This presents: "The city of Chicago, dusk." To the accompaniment of Jean Sibelius's Seventh Symphony.
Just after sundown one evening in early autumn, 2010, something compelled me to record video footage of the view from my window as the vehicle in which I was seated whizzed southward on Lake Shore Drive.
Despite the limitations of my digital camera—which is intended primarily to shoot still-photos—it seems as though this exercise may have succeeded in capturing something of my experience that evening: of gazing westward as the stark monuments and topography of Chicago's Near South Side sped past, silhouetted against the fading rays of the sleeping sun. (Or something like that.)
As for the music: this, Sibelius's final symphony, is my current favorite piece of all time. A single movement whose unique combination of elegance and melancholy derives from the score's gaping chasms, its spare and understated motives, and its ingenious use of pedal tones.