Piano concerto N°2 in F major Op.102 - II. Andante
Paavo Berglund, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Cristina Ortiz
Piano concerto N°2 in F major Op.102 - II. Andante

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1905-1975).

Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, was composed in 1957 for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich’s works.

This concerto is sometimes dismissed as one of the composer’s less important works, especially in comparison to some of the symphonies and string quartets. In a letter to Edison Denisov in mid-February 1957, barely a week after he had finished work on it, the composer himself wrote that the work had “no redeeming artistic merits”. It is suggested that the comment was actually meant to be tongue-in-cheek. 

Despite the apparent simplistic nature of this concerto, the public has always regarded it warmly, and it stands as one of Shostakovich’s most popular pieces.

Best Thing I Ever Bought

Hey everyone!! How about some more Dean fluff??

Warnings: mild nudity, but no SMUT

Word Count: Around 570

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Ok. This was it. Undoubtedly, this was absolutely the best thing you’d ever spent your hard earned, fake credit card limit on. The boys were out on a hunt a few states over, you staying home with a pulled back muscle. You’d decided to take advantage of your solidarity and pulled the trigger without so much as mentioning it to the Winchesters. As Dean constantly reminded you, this was your bunker too. You’d rather ask for forgiveness than permission anyways. But, come on, you were pretty sure he was going to love it. Sam too.

It had been installed and set up yesterday and you were just now getting ready to try it out for the first time. You stripped down in your room, wrapping yourself in a fluffy white robe, also a new purchase, and headed down the hall nearly bouncing with excitement.

You opened the door, the sound of the electrical pumps causing an eager shiver to run down your spine. You untied your robe, stepping out of the soft fabric and hanging it on one of the hooks you’d mounted on the wall for just this purpose. The tingle of the slightly cool air on your naked skin felt incredible, your nipples hardening at their exposure. You were so incredibly ready for this.

After struggling with the buckles momentarily, you were able to get the cover off. Goosebumps covered your bare skin as you climbed the two steps to the edge, the moment of truth finally here.

You let out a sinful moan as you slid in, groaning in contentment as you sank all the way down, up to your neck in the perfectly steamy water. You closed your eyes, relaxing against the headrest, finally getting to enjoy your brand new hot tub.

You’d been to heaven. This was better.

When your muscles were sufficiently loose, you floated over to the control panel to check it out. The temperature was hovering around 102°F and you fiddled with the settings, turning the heat up a couple degrees. The LED lights and Bluetooth speakers were pretty badass. You’d have to connect your phone and play music next time you got in, but you hadn’t even thought about it in your haste to test out your new purchase. You found a jet setting that massaged your back in just the right spot and settled in, getting comfy.

You left the ceiling vent fan off, steaming up the room, letting the warmth numb your mind and your body, thoroughly enjoying your new purchase.

“Babe??” a confounded voice from the doorway questioned. You moved over to the side closest to the door, your bare breasts resting against the acrylic edge.

“In here, honey,” you replied to the shadowy figure as he stepped into the room.

“What in the hell… what is this sweetheart?” Dean asked, examining your remodel as he approached you.

“What does it look like?” you teased smugly, a grin plastered on your face.

Your boyfriend leaned down to kiss you briefly. “A hot tub? Really?” he raised his eyebrows at you.

“Trust me, it’s totally worth it,” you dropped a sweet kiss on his cheek before pushing backwards away from the side.

“Y/N… are you naked??” Dean inquired, voice low with lust, trying to get a good look at you through the steam and jet bubbles.

You giggled, ignoring his question before purring, “You gonna stand there all day, Winchester, or are you gonna come get in?”


Smutty part 2 here

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Timothy “Mickey Mouse Man” Hughes:

      Saturday, July 23, 2016. It’s a hot day in Midtown Sacramento; a high of about 102° F. This was my first experience of this historic neighborhood that was so close to Downtown Sacramento. Luckily enough, I was accompanied by an amazing friend of mine that had grown up around the area and was planning on showing our friend and me around. We strolled around the district while passing by Victorian styled houses and charming small businesses. Even when we stopped to have lunch and cool down, there was unique art all over the quaint restaurant. The entire time I was in Midtown, I was captivated by the aesthetics of the alluring neighborhood.

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