Despite a long absence from playing around the WordPress world, I’ve been given the honor of selecting this month’s theme in Dolly’s Music Passion thread, a regular monthly attraction on her blog All About Lemon. I reflected on what kind of theme we should do for this month that might capture the spirit of music and passion, and the concept of “night” seemed interesting. Night is definitely when music and passion often intersect. So join in everyone and post some of your favorite songs about night.
For me, the first song that came to mind was from a personal favorite, Ray Charles. I have chosen (Night Time) Is the Right Time. It is an old rhythm and blues song originally recorded in 1957 by Nappy Brown. Ray Charles covered it a year later and it became an immediate hit. The song has this raw, primal, lusty energy driving it, especially when Margie Hendricks calls to Ray in a little musical naughtiness. After all, isn’t night time the right time to be with the one you love?
(Night Time) Is the Right Time – Ray Charles (1958)
Hoping everyone has a very nice night. Behave! Or maybe not…
Inspiration to write oftentimes comes from the strangest places. A few nights ago at a business dinner, probably after a few too many wines and other spirits were absorbed by all, the topic of discussion turned to how wordy and unwieldy business contracts written by corporate attorneys tended to be. Someone commented that poets should perhaps be employed to shorten up and concentrate the language, which of course led to the amusing thought of corporate attorneys attempting to write poetry in return. Thus was born the idea of this post, shuffling careers and their professionals. As fair warning, I am neither attorney nor poet, so my apologies to both in my attempt to poke a little fun…
Here we find our recently unemployed corporate attorney writing a nice love sonnet:
How Do I Love Thee (with many apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Whereas, the party of the first part (hereinafter referred to as “I”) intends to make the following declarations of unmitigated love, and,
Whereas, the party of the second part (hereinafter referred to as “thee”) accepts such declarations, subject to the following terms and conditions expressly put forth, and
Whereas, both parties agree such declarations and acceptances thereto are mutually beneficial for the purposes of a romantic relationship,
Now Therefore, both parties, thee and I, agree to the following expressions of love.
Article I. Declaration and Enumeration of Love
1.0 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1.1 I love thee to the (i) depth, and (ii) breadth, and (iii) height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace.
1.2 I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by (i) sun, and (ii) candle-light, and (iii) any such form of light that may hereinafter replace 1.2 (i) and 1.2 (ii) due to technological advances.
1.3 I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
1.3.a No compensation, expressed or implied, shall be made from this declaration.
1.4 I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
1.5 I love thee with the passion put to use in (i) my old griefs, and (ii) with my childhood’s faith.
1.6 I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints.
1.7 I love thee with the (i) breath, (ii) smiles, (iii) tears of all my life; and,
1.8 If God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
1.8.a It is duly noted that being loved even better after death shall only apply in the case of a natural death, not one resulting from a deliberate act of of either party to cause such death upon the other.
Article II. Term, Enforcement, and Survivability
2.1 The terms of this declaration and agreement, as in all matters involving romantic love, is deemed to begin effective as of the date of duly notarized signatures appearing hereinafter and shall continue in perpetuity.
2.2 The terms and declarations herein are for the mutual benefit of the specific parties. This declaration cannot be assigned to any other party or lover without the express written consent of both parties.
2.3 No terms of this declaration can be altered unless in writing by formal amendment as agreed upon by both parties.
2.4 In the event of any dispute, the parties agree to a trial in the court of public opinion. Both parties agree to waive their right of privacy in such circumstance of a public declaration, and may be subject to the penalties of ridicule, smarmy attitudes, and possible FaceBook unfriending actions.
In Witness Whereof, the undersigned have caused this instrument to be executed and to be binding upon each as of the date herein.
There now – isn’t that romantic? I can almost hear the collective sighs, or is it groans I hear? As time permits, I’ll check in on our newly hired poet taking a stab a writing a lease in this series of shuffled careers.
I’ve been gone so long, that it occurs to me I lost that one hour of sleep I had gained since I last posted. Last time I participated in the Music Passion thread in Dolly’s Blog was October. Well, here it is March and the theme for the month is DREAM. So many songs to choose from, but impulse struck. After checking out the other entries to make sure someone else hadn’t already posted, I was in luck!
OK, I’m a big fan of Louis Armstrong. He just has a way about him that leaves you with a smile. Since I like smiling, and like making other folks smile as well, I give you my humble entry for this month’s fun in Music Passion:
A Kiss to Build a Dream On.
If you were given the opportunity to relive a segment of your life, what would you do with this wonderful opportunity? Alas, we get this opportunity each and every fall. So… how did I spend such an opportunity? I slept. Dammit!!!
Haiku #1 :
Leaves fall gently down
Dancing about in the wind
Color in motion
Haiku # 2 :
Endless piles of leaves,
I rake and gather them all
Woe, the wind brings more
See what happens when I spend an entire day raking leaves to no avail? The trees were probably laughing at me as they dropped more leaves when I wasn’t looking. Oh well, time to sip a nice glass of wine and listen to a song apropos for my day’s work. “Les feuilles mortes” (literally, “The dead leaves”) otherwise known here in the US as “Autumn Leaves”, sung by no other than an international treasure, Edith Piaf.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Stay safe, and avoid the Boogie Man if at all possible…
Last night was another full moon. At this time of the year, it is referred to most often as the Hunter’s Moon, and sometimes as the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon. The reference dates to agrarian times when, after the harvest and with the fallen leaves, the moonlight provides ample illumination for hunting at night, gathering meat which will be stored for the upcoming winter months.
Following is a musical composition for piano by Claude Debussy, titled Clair de Lune (French for moonlight), composed in 1890 and inspired by the poem bearing the same name written by Paul Verlaine in 1869.
Clair de Lune – Paul Verlaine
In its original French:
Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,
Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.
English Translation: (per Wikipedia)
Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fanciful disguises.
All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,
With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues