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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds, The Island of Always, Painting Sunsets, A Transcendental Journey, and Funny Thing Is: A Guide to Understanding Comedy

Musical Dimensions

Johann Sebastian Bach

 

This is something called Watchathon week on cable here, where they give free access to various channels. One was a classical music channel and I listened to two Ascension Oratorios, one by CPE Bach and one by his father JS Bach.

 

CPE was first and was wonderful, a joyful musical experience. But when the first phrases of the JS rang out, you knew you knew you were listening to something more. I tried to classify the difference, since the instruments and singers were all the same. It's like JS gives you access to another musical plane, that few others have access to. He opens a door that others have no key to. You have musically ascended.

Have to ponder this more. 
 
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Ken Hartke
Now I have to track down the oratorios!! Ken
Friday, 13 May 2022 19:21
Stephen Evans
Well worth it Ken!
Saturday, 14 May 2022 20:18
Rosy Cole
Ah, J S Bach, God's coder of harmony!
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 16:54
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The Uses of Adversity

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"Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,

Hath not old custom made this life more sweet

Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods

More free from peril than the envious court?

Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,

The seasons' difference, as the icy fang

And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,

Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,

Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say

'This is no flattery: these are counsellors

That feelingly persuade me what I am.'

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life exempt from public haunt

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones and good in every thing.

I would not change it."

 

William Shakespeare

As You Like It

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Stephen Evans
This was my speech when I played Duke Senior (and directed) As You Like It - With Midsummer Night's Dream the play has become my f... Read More
Sunday, 09 January 2022 17:45
Rosy Cole
That I should like to have heard :-) Am quite in tune with the sentiments here, particularly the last four lines.
Sunday, 09 January 2022 22:33
Stephen Evans
Those are my favorite too.
Monday, 10 January 2022 13:52
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Christmas Memory

 

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There was a Christmas long ago

And I was there and so were you,

And when we gathered by the tree

Joy had had gathered too.

 

And there were gifts and there was food

And there was laughter and surprise

And you would open gifts of mine

And love was in your eyes.

 

And on that Christmas long ago

As we sat round the table (square)

We spoke of family and friends

Who were no longer there

 

To share that Christmas long ago.

And now I wonder whether you

Gather by a tree somewhere

Remembering me too.

 

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Ken Hartke
Touching. And all so familiar. Thanks for the memories.
Sunday, 26 December 2021 23:12
Rosy Cole
Wistful. You do 'wistful' so well. :-)
Thursday, 30 December 2021 22:49
Stephen Evans
It is something so many feel around the holidays, especially as you get older. Today's joys seem inevitably to be qualified by the... Read More
Sunday, 02 January 2022 16:03
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The Names of Colors

I wish I knew the names of colors.

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I know the basics, of course: Red, Yellow, Blue.

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The watercolor set that has sat unused on my desk for so many years provides some help: cobalt, ochre, scarlet.

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The colors of childhood crayons have remained in memory: burnt sienna, dandelion, indigo.

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But this autumn has outrun them all.

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The trees themselves seem to be competing.

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Even the little maple outside my porch has decided this year to join the game.

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And the evening sun conspires with them all.

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I wish I knew the names of colors.

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But I’m not sure there are enough.

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Rosy Cole
Stunning! And thanks kindly for sharing this glorious collection! Here are the names of some colours to weave spells with :-) ht... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 16:39
Stephen Evans
Nature thanks you! The variety of colors this year is astonishing, or maybe I'm just old enough now to notice and appreciate them... Read More
Sunday, 14 November 2021 18:29
Rosy Cole
Truly, there's a lot in that :-) The notion is worth mining.
Monday, 15 November 2021 09:23
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