So I've been listening to a number of composers lately: Holst, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Stravinsky, Belioz, Sibelius, etc. Thank you, Pandora radio. My oldest brother tells me that most of these guys' music falls under the genre of tone poems, not necessarily formal classical music, even though I wouldn't be able to make that distinction. (at least not yet, since I haven't studied or listened to enough classical music)
Anyway, tone poems stray from the formal structures and traditional scales found in classical music, and try to evoke a certain mood or match the persona or feel of a certain subject. It was a modern movement of the late 19th-early 20th century that was most likely inspired by the aftermath of WWI (acc. to my brother). I'm really digging it, as opposed to older classical stuff, because a lot of it seems more dynamic and chaotic. I like to think of it as classical music's counterpart to post-rock/post-metal music (Explosions in the Sky, Pelican, etc.)
Anyway, I'm glad that the sun's getting out more everyday. I like to be warm, not on the brink of hypothermia.
Wow, just realized I didn't upload the strip before this one.