Invictus – by William Ernest Henley

Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath …

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A Quote from Wendell Berry

A Warning To My Readers Do not think me gentle because I speak in praise of gentleness, or elegant because I honor the grace that keeps this world. I am a man crude as any, gross of speech, intolerant, stubborn, angry, full of fits and furies. That I may have spoken well at times, is …

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How Calmly Does the Olive Branch

How calmly does the olive branch Observe the sky begin to blanch Without a cry, without a prayer With no betrayal of despair Some time while light obscures the tree The zenith of its life will be Gone past forever And from thence A second history will commence A chronicle no longer gold A bargaining …

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Debussy: Clair de Lune

Debussy plays Debussy | Clair de Lune (1913) 3:50 Description: Claude-Achille Debussy – Clair de Lune (Mondglanz, Mondschein, Moonlight), Suite Bergamasque, Debussy, piano. The Suite bergamasque was first composed in 1890-1905. “Claude Debussy Plays His Finest Works” Claude Debussy, Piano Roll, 1913. NOTE: This is NOT an ACOUSTIC RECORDING. This is a recording obtained by …

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What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye – 1971

 3:51 – Motown Records – 1971 Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some loving here today, hey hey Father, father We don’t need to escalate You see, war is not the answer …

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Gibran on Giving

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism. And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder …

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John Denver: Annie’s Song

1973 — I was thinking of the age in which this song was written. It was a time before every emotion was ran through an amplifier and turned into a parody. A time more organic, before even compassion itself was manufactured. You couldn’t yet patent lifeforms. That realm still belonged to God, whether you believed …

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The Windmills of Your Mind

A song that celebrates the wonder of romantic love. That spellbinding attraction that exists between the sexes, rich, and organic. It is an emotion truly not describable by words alone… I post here The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) movie version, sung by Mr. Gordon Sumner. It is my own personal favorite. 4:13 The Windmills of …

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Debussy: Clair de Lune as Art

Another post in our ongoing quest to determine whether there is intrinsic value in great works of art, or whether one person’s turd is just as great as another’s Debussy, well, because someone decided it was… 5:29 – Kathia Buniatishvili – Claude Debussy: Clair de lune For anyone who is actually listening to these, here …

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Delibes: Lakme – Duo des Fleurs

The “Flower Duet” is a famous duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano from Leo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in Act 1 of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river. …

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Bizet’s Carmen: Habanera

Habanera (music or dance of Havana, Spanish: La Habana) is the popular name for “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (“Love is a rebellious bird”), an aria from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen. It is the entrance aria of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act. It is based on …

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Hugs and Vanilla…

Notes from the journal… 10 Sep 2017 I picked up one of my nieces a few nights ago at the airport. She had flown in from Ft. Lauderdale, escaping Hurricane Irma. I got my first real hug in a long time. It was one of those hugs that leaves you feeling loved and quietly energized …

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Kurt Vonnegut – Unstuck in Time

A number of years ago I listened to Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five as an audiobook. This was an additional track that followed at the end. It takes a small part of the book where Billy Pilgrim is experiencing time backwards, and reads it into a background of music. Some may find it moving. I did. …

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All the World’s a Stage

“All the world’s a stage” is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII Line 138. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play. It catalogues the seven stages of a man’s life, sometimes referred …

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