An aging actor called on the composer Jacque Offenbach on the morning of October 5, 1880. “How is he?” he asked the servant. “Mr. Offenbach is dead,” replied the servant. “He died peacefully without knowing about it.” The actor sighed and said, “Ah, he will be surprised when he finds out.”
This is one of many interesting and amusing anecdotes and little stories from the world of classical music appearing in Obie Yadgar’s book Obie’s Opus. Obie collected them in a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years. In a way, the stories illustrate some of his simple reflections on life sitting behind the radio microphone. Purchase here.
We start on a road sure of our destination, but get stalled somewhere along the way. That’s where we find 34-year-old Will Baskin, whose life has become a tedious climb up a greased flagpole. Recently divorced with his inner desires buried, Will is a popular San Francisco deejay trying to make sense of what his life has become.
Playing classical music on his radio program, Will is a magnet for extraordinary characters who call him at the studio. The eccentric personalities he encounters on and off the air provide him with laughs, as well as deep insights, as he meanders day by day. That is, until the enchanting and fiery Mariette drifts into his life, sending his world into an emotional spin. Mariette has baggage of her own, but perhaps she can reignite the passion that Will has ignored. Find out if these two lost souls can overcome each other’s struggles and rediscover love. Available for purchase from Amazon