My parents constantly complained that pop ripped off ‘real’ music, but it works both ways. Many classically trained musicians do pop as well. I’d never heard of Verdi when I discovered this beautiful song by 10,000 Maniacs’ Natalie Merchant. I heard it on the radio last night. It’s still one of the loveliest songs I know, and a brilliant piece of narrative storytelling. Young kids staying in a hotel, (the band on tour?) drawing pictures in the sand and a mysterious man playing opera in his room. Have a lovely weekend!