I hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Now that we are past the holiday, I have time to observe that a couple interesting things happened yesterday: one, not related to the theme of this blog (but interesting nonetheless), is that George Gershwin's famous "Rhapsody in Blue" entered the public domain. As a musician, I am fascinated by that news. More pertinent to the theme of this blog, however, is that three more stories from The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes have entered the public domain: the Adventures of the Sussex Vampire, the Three Garridebs, and the Illustrious Client. I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere did a great article about the copyright issue, as well as a special podcast episode.
In a few short years, the entire Canon will be in the public domain, and then, I suppose, the game will REALLY be afoot!
Meanwhile, if you would like to watch a fabulous performance of "Rhapsody in Blue," you can do no better than this one from 1976: Leonard Bernstein, playing the piano solo AND conducting the New York Philharmonic!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.