Before getting lost on the Internets, I went to have my head yanked, and I don't know what got loosened up as a result, but things have been tasting and smelling stronger since, and my salivation has increased. That's a result I've never had before. Strange.
Then there was a splendid sunset, the red and pink and orange hues of the clouds reflecting from the remaining snow (still quite a bit, though I expect a substantial reduction tomorrow.)
YouTube is working again, and I resume the interrupted series of embeddings with a recording (year unknown) by Dame Nellie Melba of the highly recognizable "Sempre libera" from Verdi's Traviata. Melba is noted for having had a long-running feud with Tetrazzini, the Diva of my previous post. A couple of Divas, huh? I don't know what the feud was about, but tempting though it is to speculate, I don't think it was over the fact that while Tetrazzini had a chicken dish named for her, the comparatively svelte Melba was the namesake of not only the famous thin and crumbly toast, but of both a peach-based desert and a sauce. Gourmand Tetrazzini must have been envious (over the desert and the sauce, at least). Today, Melba's likeness appears on the hundred dollar bill of her native Australia. How's that for a Diva-tastic triumph?
As pleasant as the Verdi is, there's another YouTube recording of Melba I prefer: what sounds like a very early (and a bit wobbly) record of Debussy's 1883 work "Romance" and early song "Mandoline", a very modern-sounding setting for a poem written by Paul Verlaine. Embedding of this non-video video is disabled, so here's a direct link to the page.