I blame Stanley Kubrick  for my obsession with movie action choreographed to excellent music. I was only 15 when my second sister smuggled my third sister and I, both under age, into North Ryde drive in picture theatre (do you remember those?) to see "R"-rated A Clockwork Orange  based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess , a novel I would study a few years later in high school (and about which I could brag to my friends that I'd seen the movie). Maybe it was because I was at that hormonal and impressionable age, but the scene where young Alex, truanting from school, has wild sex ultra-fast to Rossini's William Tell  overture might have been the first pique to my interest.

Then a few years later when I discovered Kubrick's 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey  it wasn't so much "That music"  as the exquisite ballet of the Orion III Space Shuttle  docking with the Earth-orbit Space Station V choreographed to Johann Strauss Jr's "By the beautiful blue Danube"  that years later flourished as my obsession to choreograph when a piece of music I love associates itself with a story in the making.

Uluru & Kata-Tjuta

Header pic is Kata-Tjuta seen from the politically incorrect top of Uluru in Uluru-Kata Tjuta N.P.  Northern Territory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note the water on Uluru following recent rains.