Thursday, March 27, 2008
Unusual musical associations
I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when I was a kid. I especially loved it because my father used to practice Berlioz's Harold in Italy a lot during the time that I first discovered Crockett Johnson's books about Harold's adventures. I imagined (actually I just knew) that the piece was about one of Harold's adventures with his purple crayon. The validity of my association might have been reinforced by some reference I might have heard to the Childe Harold. Of course Harold was a child. And he had a purple crayon with which he could draw the covers and go to sleep.