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Musings from the Bunker 9/26/20

Greetings and Happy Saturday!

 

POETRY

Thank you Rebecca Brown, for providing the poetry for this week, on loss of great people, particularly in remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

When Great Trees Fall, by Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves. And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.

 

MUSIC

More music from home…

The Rolling Stones performing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7pZgQepXfA

How fast is a bumblebee?

This is Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” first the symphonic version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QV1RGMLUKE

Then the violin world record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naiDpqGFgV8

And then going for the world record with a tuba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OO7sityUwE

“Beethoven, Chopin, Leonard Bernstein and the Beatles”…These are the four musicians who most influenced Billy Joel. Here’s a cute bit of Billy Joel answering random questions from fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVl5yH9lEnU

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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