This is one of those rare times, when having a parent who was an alcoholic has actually been useful. I have been commissioned to write a operatic song for a Russian Salon at the National Portrait Gallery on 24th of June. I have to bring Modest Mussorgsky back to life for 3 minutes and tell of his experience of living in Modern London. I am convinced that coming back from the dead, would give you a massive head-ache. Post your reactions to this of Ilya Repin Portrait. It was painted 10 days or so before his death.