And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
That was beautiful
I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.
so pretty X3
I have a very unfortunate birthday…here’s to hoping i avoid all pranks this year.
Art Trade: story for a drawing~
I was so glad the weather was nice today. Even though the aquarium didn’t have any outside tanks it was a lot nicer to walk around on a sunny day. I just wish my friend could have come, it was a shame she had gotten sick. She was the one who told me about the new addition to the old aquarium. A huge celebration was being held since the new exhibit wasn’t any old kind of sea creature. The new addition was a merman to be precise.
I wouldn’t have believed the news, it had to be fake, but it would be wise to check it out firsthand and not from the unreliable news. I put on one of my favorite green tops and skinny jeans. I put my orange hair into a bun and put in green decorative chopsticks. Grabbing my keys I turned off the lights in my apartment, locked the door, and headed towards the elevator to go down three floors.
The drive was pleasant enough. Traffic moved steadily, no one too slow or fast. Though an ambulance drove rapidly in the direction I was heading. I hoped no one was seriously injured. The bright sun streaming in through the windows warmed my car and made me rejoice at the fact that summer was finally coming. Winter this year was terrible, snow fell as late as early April! Now with the temperature staying at a nice fifty five degrees Fahrenheit everyone was out as often as they could be, soaking up every ray of golden warmth.
Parking was a bit of a hassle, I had to drive around the parking lot three times before I finally found a space where my car could fit. The lines to get into the aquarium were just as hectic. However every step I took more people turned around and went back to their cars. A staff member was saying something just out of my hearing range. By the time I got close enough to hear he was finishing up what he was saying. “So I am terribly sorry to disappoint all of you, that the newest exhibit must be closed. After the accident we decided it would be best to postpone the unveiling until we could assure all visitors of their safety. Thank you for your understanding.”
Accident? I wonder what could have happened. Maybe they discovered their ‘merman’ was a hoax and they were covering it up. I’d rather that be the case than someone being harmed. However I did promise that I would at least see if the new addition was a merman for my friend. Why must I always fulfill my promises? I know it’s bad to break them, but I really shouldn’t be so adamant about it. I entered the aquarium to find only a few families here and there with small children. I guess once everyone heard the new exhibit wasn’t going to open today most had no other reason to be here.
I looked around at the other exhibits while looking around to see where the ‘merman’ would be. Some tape was wrapped around posts in front of the door that lead to the old circular tank that used to hold sharks. That would be my best bet. I looked around quickly to make sure none of the staff was looking before slipping into the other room.
Only a few lights were on and most were directed into the tank. A column of rock and coral stood in the center and fish lazily swam by. No sign of the ‘merman’. I guess it all really was a hoax. I almost turned back around when I saw a larger fin behind the column. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to get closer to the tank.
I walked the entire circumference without sighting the fin again, it must have been my imagination. I wiped my eyes, trying to clear out any sleep and focus myself. Upon opening my eyes all focus flew out of my head. With hands pressed against the glass it floated merely inches away from me. Brown hair drifted around its head. Lighter brown stripes went all the way from its face to tail tip. His eyes were the same gray green as the stormy sea when dashes of bright sunlight fell upon the chaotic waves. The same color as his tail and the color for the fins that were located where ears normally were. A sour expression tainted the beauty that would have been as captivating as a pearl. I could honestly tell Aria that the merman was real now.
“If you believe yourself to have more luck than that foolish man in the blue shirt you are gravely mistaken.” I didn’t know what to focus on. The sharp predatory teeth that had hidden so well behind human lips or the fact that I could hear him through the glass.
“More luck? With what?” Did he harm someone? Is that why I saw an ambulance before and they are unable to open the exhibit today?
“Trying to jab at me with silver spikes containing odd liquids. The blue man acted as though I was nothing more than a pet that would listen to his commands. Now he knows better.” So they tried to give him shots. Maybe vaccinations or sedatives. A lot of people were going to be here and I guess I could understand them not wanting him agitated. Especially since a lot of people kept the flash on even after being told not to.
“I’m not a staff member, I just wanted to see you. My friend Aria knows how much I love mythology and storied especially sea related ones. She told me about you, so of course I wanted to come.”
He swam a little higher in the tank with distrust in his eyes. “As long as you aren’t trying to command me like that other human then I have no problem with you being here. I however have a problem being here. How would you like it to be ripped out of your home, kept in a cage, and put on display for others to gain from? To be nothing more than a freak, an oddity whose sole purpose is entertainment?”
He disappeared in a flash of blue and brown. I guess it’s bad for him that I’m stubborn. “So where did you come from? Or, going more basic, do you have a name? I’m Kai.”
And he was in front of me again and calculating look on his face. “I’m Varun. My home is all of the seas. I traveled where I pleased.”
“I wish I could travel especially by sea. I know it is faster by plane but I’ve always loved the sea. However travel means money and that currently goes to my expenses. I hope one day to save enough to travel. Would you have any places to recommend?”
His look turned slightly incredulous as I began to converse with him as though I found nothing odd in speaking to a merman. “A good place for you to start traveling with is Vancouver Island. It’s not too far from here in case you decide you no longer like traveling. As well as has some amazing waterways and forests.”
It was on the opposite side of the continent, us being in Georgia, but it would be a good out of country place to visit. I didn’t expect him to answer me though and I think my smile almost cracked my face. “Thank you!”
He seemed genuinely taken back by such a positive emotion but soon had a gentle captivating smile. I would have loved to continue talking to him but my phone alarm was going off reminding me I still had work to go to. Could it have already been an hour? “I’m sorry I have to go now. Would you mind if I came back tomorrow and we continued to talk? It’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun or been this happy. No one I talk to has traveled before nor has plans to. I would enjoy being able to see you again.”
With a titled head he said, “I suppose so. You would be a good distraction from the boring and bland tank I’ve been dumped into. However I’ve never been good at remembering human faces, one moment please.”
He swam to the top of the tank and quickly threw something over the open rim. By the time he came back I had already picked up what he had thrown, a simple silver ring with a small blue-green gem. “When you come to see me show me the ring. I would remember you then.”
I gave a quick nod, smiling wide enough to hurt my face. He had put his hands up to the glass and I decided to put my hands where his were on the other side of the glass. “Then I guess I’ll be seeing you tomorrow Varun.”
Giving me a slightly larger smile than before he replied, “I look forward to it, Kai.”