The other day, I was walking out of the food co-op, and saw a colleague I barely know from the music department. "There's a really great concert tonight!" he told me, and invited me. So, I went. And it was absolutely incredible. The musician was just amazing.
And there was another concert this evening, with the same musician playing a different instrument, and some others playing, too. All of them were pretty much on instruments that look semi-familiar, but are "early" sorts of European instruments, and not necessarily what they look like.
Tonight's concert was early music, and it was really great stuff. I don't know anything, really, about music, but this felt much bolder and more interesting than I expected. And one of the pieces was English.
You know where I'm going with this, right? I got thinking: "Hey, I could use some music in my death class!"
So during intermission, I asked one of the music faculty sitting nearby, another person I've chatted with once or twice, but don't know well, and it turns out, her main specialty (which I wasn't familiar with, since she also teaches other stuff) is the history of early music! I asked her about some music for my class, and she said she'd be happy to help me with some ideas.
I'm so jazzed (hee!). Seriously, I hadn't thought at all about music, but she'll be able to help me learn something, and that will add a totally new and interesting dimension to the class.
I love that my school gives me the chance to make connections I don't expect, and that sometimes those become really fruitful.
And I got to hear a couple really amazing concerts, too!