Monday, March 26, 2007

On the Route

Today while delivering the Newberry Observer it was nice to hear some truly inspired music on npr. Lately I've been disappointed with the music selection especially in the early morning hours when the selections have been of lessor known composers, and thus lessor inspired works. So what was it that caught my ear? Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus for strings and harp.

"Vaughan Williams is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness, representing, perhaps, the essence of 'Englishness'."

In 1914 he published the now famous "The Lark Ascending" Romance for violin and orchestra, dedication to Marie Hall. It is one of his most well-known pieces along with Fantasia on Greensleeves.

It is music like this that reminds me that there are no ordinary moments, there is indeed, at all times the Eternal Ecstasy waiting within every aspect of being. Waiting to be remembered and celebrated, never withheld from anyone, ever.

me in the EE

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