Musings from the Bunker 7/25/20
Some poetry and music as we head into the weekend…
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox More Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own. Sing, and the hills will answer; Sigh, it is lost on the air; The echoes bound to a joyful sound, But shrink from voicing care. Rejoice, and men will seek you; Grieve, and they turn and go; They want full measure of all your pleasure, But they do not need your woe. Be glad, and your friends are many; Be sad, and you lose them all, There are none to decline your nectared wine, But alone you must drink life's gall. Feast, and your halls are crowded; Fast, and the world goes by. Succeed and give, and it helps you live, But no man can help you die. There is room in the halls of pleasure For a large and lordly train, But one by one we must all file on Through the narrow aisles of pain.
I hope you enjoy this fifteen minute concert of Prokofiev (at 0:23), Bach (at 5:23 and 9:00) and Telemann (at 11:00), performed at home by Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour: https://www.laphil.com/about/watch-and-listen/la-phil-at-home-martin-chalifour
And here is the fourth and final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony (it’s nine minutes) by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl last summer: https://www.laphil.com/about/watch-and-listen/tchaikovsky-symphony-no-4-movement-iv
From perhaps the other side of the musical spectrum, here’s “Blackened” by Metallica, produced from home: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/music/metallica-makes-surprise-return-in-new-shelter-in-place-video