Monday, January 21, 2013

My Favorite Music/Found Poem



Thanks to Sara for letting me know the name of the poem I was searching for.  You may go to Sara's lovely blog here.  I appreciate your help so much, Sara, and all of you who took the time to look for this poem for me.  I knew I had this poem in a book which a dear friend gave me in the late 70's.  Richard just found it for me...the book is "Realms of Light, A Collection of Poetry Through The Ages" with photographs by Ernst Haas.  The poetry accompanied by the photographs makes for a very beautiful book.

THE AGE OF SHEEN

I never see the colored boats of night
Jewelling the dull river, breaking their light
Upon it, without thinking of the age
Of sheen when the long poems are written,
The oblique books read until the exotic midges
Of the deep hours caper upon the page.
When there is time for the unlikely love,
And the mind, luxuriant in its sheath,
Wears the time shiningly, having no thought
Of the river and the irony underneath.  

Dorothy Hughes


Now, to go with this poem, I took a photo of my favorite CD. I LOVE waltzes so very much.  That is my favorite music on Earth!  (The painting is by Vincent Van Gogh, of course, it is his painting of "Starry Night Over The Rhone" and I LOVE it, don't you?) This CD would go with me with to a desert island. (Provided I had a CD player and electricity, that is!)  How about you?  What would be your number- one pick for a music CD that is your absolute favorite? 
 Do tell, I want to know!





28 comments:

  1. I have never heard that bit of poetry before. It is wonderful-deep-moving. I love so many kinds of music-I really love classical music and Canon in D/Ode to Joy...but I also love most types of music- the old hymns speak to me, too. My father loved the waltz, too. xo Diana

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    1. It sounds like we like the same kind of music!
      Glad you liked the poem too!
      Hope you are feeling better! xx

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  2. Oh, thank you for sharing the poem with us . . . I was hoping you would find it, as I could only locate the first and last lines. It is beautiful. The Van Gogh with all that light reflected in the water goes perfectly with the poem. As for music, gosh, I don't think I can narrow it down to just one CD. For me it would need to have singing as well as music . . . maybe Sarah Brightman's "La Luna" CD . . .

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    1. Thank YOU for trying so hard to find the poem! Isn't it strange how this was impossible to find in a search engine? I wonder why? Makes you wonder what other gems exist that we can't find on the computer.
      I know what you mean, I love singing so very much, as you might guess from all the Youtube videos on my blog, but this Waltz CD, I must have it on my CD player or nearby always!

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  3. How lovely. I don't think I could have a single favourite CD; it would really depend on my mood! But one certainly can't go wrong with classical :)

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    1. Thanks, Janice! To be honest, I usually have FIVE CD's on the turntable and I hit the SHUFFLE button and listen to them all, usually as I am cleaning my house!
      I listen to different ones, but the Waltz CD is almost always included.

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  4. I wouldn't be able to name a single favourite CD (unless I'd make a compilation myself, of my favourite songs), just as I wouldn't be able to decide on a single favourite book.

    You already know that I love waltzes, too, and RJ and I are really good at the Viennese Waltz and the Slow Waltz (also called English Waltz) :-) We were out dancing again last Saturday night, and had at least 4 Viennese and 3 or 4 Slow Waltzes to dance to. Such fun!

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    1. Yes! I love that you and RJ waltz...it must be great fun!
      Oh come on, Meike, just tell me ONE band that you like to listen to, the other bands that you love will just have to get over their jealousy! :-)

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    2. Trouble is, there is no band about which I can truly say I like ALL their songs... or no ONE album of theirs on which I like each and every song... my mood varies, and so does my taste in music.

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  5. So glad you found the poem, Kay. One CD!?! Just one? Oh, that is too tough to answer. I love so many, and the rest will refuse to play if I don't choose them.

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    1. I was so happy to find the poem!
      And read my comment to Meike above, they will just have to get over it!! :-)

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  6. No one favorite CD, but lots of favorite books! Too many to choose.

    Lovely poetry, and yes, i love Van Gogh.

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    1. Hey Mimi, Your reply has a comment all its own, from me!
      (Look below) How do I do these things?

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  7. Score one for Sara.

    Ha, I think I'd get by fine without a CD on that island; I think I would ask for everyday access to a hot shower.

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    1. I don't know how Sara even found a mention of that poem, it was impossible to find!
      Ha, me and you on the hot shower. Never seemed to bother Mary Ann and Ginger though, they always looked good!

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  8. Oh good, Mimi, I am glad you liked this!
    And I agree, I would want a whole SUITCASE of books and one of the books must be entitled, "How To Survive On A Desert Island". I am a practical non-fiction book reader, after all!

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    1. Hi to you too! Please visit me again, but try not to be so long-winded next time, okay? :-)

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  10. OK, now you have me listening to waltzs at work today, Kay! :-)
    I like the Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker. Pandora is a good thing.
    Have a great week,
    Dorothy

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    1. Oh, I dearly love The Nutcracker and anything by Tchaikovsky, really.
      Let's just waltz the week away, my dear!! xx

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  11. It does seem like a miracle that the poem was found. Sara has magnificent skill to achieve this and should perhaps consider becoming a detective! Unless she is already one.

    I like so many different sorts of music and like Meike, it depends on my every changing mood. But it might be a sort of Hungarian folk music which, though I'm not Hungarian, has always had a place in my heart, helped my husband and me to meet, and which is the sort of music I listened to over and over during the years my daughters danced with a Hungarian dance group. Muzsikas is a wonderful group and has put out many great albums.

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    1. I agree, I think that Sara should use her skills and become a detective!
      Muzsikas, thanks for telling me, I will look them up!

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  12. How great that you were able to find the poem! It's lovely, and we all enjoyed your reference to it, so it's nice to have it in its entirety. I just started reading the poems in Caroline Kennedy's collection, "She Walks in Beauty." A friend recommended it to me. I've just started reading it. There's something about January which lends itself to pensiveness -- and poetry! xoxo

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    1. Yes, you know it really pleased me that Richard found my book for me, since it truly was impossible to find the poem on the internet! I have heard of the book of poetry put together by Caroline Kennedy, but thanks for reminding me of it. I do love poetry, I just wish my memory could be just a bit better and remember all that I have read! Hope you are having a good January!

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  13. If you want to listen to Muzsikas I think you cannot do it on amazon, but youtube has lots of examples...Hungarian folk music is a bit different, but I loved it right away. Marta Sebestyen who sang the beginning of The English Patient often sings with Muzsikas.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I spend a lot of time listening to music on Youtube and I am constantly looking for things on it, even movies and TV shows!

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  14. Hi Kay! I really love Van Gogh's "Starry Night Over the Rhone!" Just contemplating picking one CD is making my hands sweat! I'm listening to music all the time, and I have such varied likes. I'm glad that Richard found your poem. It is definitely thought-provoking. I worry that the age of sheen has passed! I hope you are having a good weekend. I'm catching up on blogs after being out of town earlier in the week.

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    1. I know, I love music too, and I usually have several on my CD player and I hit the Shuffle button, and listen to several CDs at one time.

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