Verbier Dispatch

Inexplicably, the entry hall to my hotel has but two items of decor: an AC/DC poster (“Hell’s Bells”) and a “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” poster. Swiss chalet=freshman dorm? And though no one seems to work at the hotel at all, except to spread an unbelievable amount of lemon-scented cleaner on the floor around noon, making my hallway a deeply treacherous experience (perhaps this is meant to assist with the skiing?), somehow about 20 Swiss teeny-boppers found their way into the hitherto-locked entertainment room this morning (!) to have some sort of mild Euro-rave. Also this morning at 8 it was deemed necessary to move what sounded like an armored assault vehicle, slowly and scrapingly, across the terrace beneath my window; I could count the gravel bits as they were crushed under its weight. A nice touch of hospitality.

It sounds like I am complaining, but I must admit these disturbances haven’t really bothered me at all; the Swiss air has made it possible for me to sleep epically, so that I feel I could have slept through the entire festival without too much incident, a Rip van Denkle. I would like to make the following astute cultural observations, cross-ocean: 1) Capri pants are in, for boys. 2) America needs to get on the crepe bandwagon, immediately. 3) We need to throw many more diva fits at American festivals, to make them interesting. 4) –which is a complex corollary to 3– Black Audis, or black, somewhat evil-looking vehicles of any type, need to drive around ominously and importantly and pick us up at odd hours and transport us obscenely short distances; we need to put posters of ourselves in hiking gear shops, grocery stores, and other odd places; we need whole towns to make into shrines of classical music so that non-classical music people start wondering “what am I missing out on here?” etc. etc. If it is possible let’s create these town/shrines in outrageously beautiful places with tremendous cheese and chocolate. The possible American candidates for this sort of thing must be limited; get to work! I think Aspen must be the closest (since they already have the crepe wagon) but like so many American locales they need to shore up their cheese credentials.

Right now I feel as if I am in a Mentos commercial. The fog is lifting off the mountain. I am on the terrace, breathing the cool fresh air. Fragments of horn calls reach me from afar, echoing off the mountainside (I am not kidding!). I am waiting waiting waiting for the waitress of the Milk Bar to come back and offer me another coffee, dammit! With all their sense of proportion they don’t understand that we imbalanced Americans need more more more of everything. She will look at me funny when she finally comes back and I order a crepe on top of my croissant. But I don’t care. I even get a kind of perverse pleasure in horribly fulfilling the gluttonous American stereotype; but really it’s a form of cross-cultural love! it’s because the crepes are so so so good and they don’t start serving them until noon which is now!!!!! Are you enjoying this real time blogging experience, readers? I would give you a bite-by-bite account of my chocolate banana chantilly crepe but perhaps that might become boring. My gym membership is so far away, in New York, calling over the ocean, counting off hours of Stairmaster and Elliptical Cross-Trainer as chocolate appears on the table. Shut up you. I will deal with you when I get home, maybe. A new enemy: a vicious bee, having immersed itself in my confiture, buzzes greedily towards my crepe, it is a pitched battle, away you scoundrel, this you may not have!, as you can see I am very busy, there is no time for more blogging …

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Hi JD! we were excited and sure you were going to perform Schumann w/ Isserlis,Koch and Bell last Friday.We were sad to know you were not there. It would have been great to see you play the violin sonata w/ Bell and cello w/ Isserlis.. Was it a typo or scheduling error? Enjoy your crepe and Swiss coffee. It’s a treat but you gonna love the German coffee also when you perform next.
    Good luck tonight w/ the recital.I saw that same performance w/ Bell last Spring and I love it.Very proud of you Jeremy.

  2. hari
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    what a feast! i’m tempted to attack a box of chocolates and raid a bakery and then listen to your wonderful music, but i better hop on my treadmill first.

  3. Carol Minor
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Rip van Denkle??
    You’re lucky to be enjoying your crepes out of this NY heat!

  4. Anonymous
    Posted August 2, 2006 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry, Jeremy
    There is enough workout if you walk to the festival tent/ billeterie, then maybe Chalet Adrien, then to the supermarket far down at the corner.
    So you are allowed to eat this great tarte aux abricots at Milk bar which is not really sweet, just a bit, but has also a salty sandy dough.. some walnuts… it’s moist, but also dry… maybe with a bit sweetened chantilly… hmmmmm

  5. gabe k
    Posted August 2, 2006 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    sorry i missed you at verbier, jerjer. by the way, are you still mad about the whole alisa impersonating you know who slash the entire kahane family reading proust to you in french on your voicemail? we really love you, we were just really really really drunk.

    xo xo


  6. serenebabe
    Posted August 6, 2006 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I loved the phrase, “sleep epically.” You know these personal bits are my fave.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted August 12, 2006 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Fortune Cookie say:
    Plenty of time to scamper on squeaky wheel, er…..elliptical trainer once you return to NYC. Savor tasty cheese now.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted August 13, 2006 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    So Jeremy, have you lost interest in your blog or what? Are we down to 1 or 2 dispatches from you per month? I sure do hope not. I crave my morning Denk just like you crave your morning coffee. It wakes me up and gets me thinking off the straight and narrow. Please let us know what’s going on in that active brain of yours – it doesn’t have to be profound. I happen to prefer you when you’re being totally silly. Hope you are well. — A Crazed Fan

  9. Anonymous
    Posted August 14, 2006 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Jeremy must be very busy performing from one place to another.He was w/ Joshua Bell since 7/28 performing in Europe. They just did Italy on the weekend. They should be on their way back to the US today unless Jeremy opted to stay to enjoy the Tuscan air and food.
    Jeremy can you tell us which of those delicacies impressed your palate?

  10. TCho
    Posted September 12, 2006 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    if you ever go to zurich, you can use your nysc membership at the Luxor Sports Club in Zurich.

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