Matutinus (the part of the day before dawn and noon)

Una Mattina is a studio album by Ludovico Einaudi recorded in Milan and released September 6, 2004. Einaudi describes the composition by saying:

If someone asked me about this album, I would say it is a collection of songs linked together by a story. But unlike my other albums, it doesn’t belong to a time in the past. It speaks about me now, my life, the things around me. My piano, which I have nicknamed Tagore, my children Jessica and Leo, the orange kilim carpet that brightens up the living room, the clouds sailing slowly across the sky, the sunlight coming through the window, the music I listen to, the books I read and those I don’t read, my memories, my friends and the people I love.

It is early in the morning, two days before the end of the year. I am at the dining table having my daybreak bowl of steel cut oats and prunes.  The sun is rising upon the manicured lawns of the golf club directly across Lighthouse Lane. We reside in Cutter Court adjacent Harbour Town. The nautical theme borders on profuse.

My concentration this morning is not entirely dreamy.  The influx of people for the Christmas holiday has meant that crowds are everywhere.  We suspect many of the masses are children and grandchildren visiting grandparents.  The multitude will likely evaporate at the New Year as people return home to prepare for school and work.

Meanwhile my focus is upon the sun and the beach. According to the Tide Chart Low Tide today is at 10:24 AM which nicely coincides with my cycling ambition.  In preparation for my assault upon the beach and the masses I hurriedly removed the car from its ideal parking space and drove through the car wash then back home to regain the same spot. These preliminary purgative and automotive ceremonies satisfy me as does any religious devotion. Though the wind is from the south at 14 Km/hr I will be able to reach Marker 67 or beyond in plenty of time to enjoy a return voyage upon the beach to Sea Pines Beach Club or maybe beyond to Tower Beach Club. The temperature now is 68°F with an anticipated high of 74°F beneath a cloudless blue sky.