15 August 2015
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
We are excited this month to bring you an issue devoted to music. Never have we had such an enthusiastic response to a theme. Facebook messages, emails and emoticons flying through the ether resulting in what is probably our best and largest issue to date … chock full of mind, imagination and flight wrapped in essay, memoir, poetry and video . . . and it’s all about music.
There is no part of life that music doesn’t touch. No part of our being that is left unmoved. Music is a gift that transcends borders and beliefs and can move the most hardened heart to tears and joy.
As fortune would have it, tears could have been the theme for this month. More than one of us lost someone special. As I worked to pulled things together I also learned of the death of a good friend and found myself helping out another friend who is at the end of her life. She loves music, so during visits with her I shared the videos that were coming in from Core Team members and friends of The BeZine. No matter what life is delivering to us in this very moment, music comes as friend, healer and spiritual succor.
And so we start here with a tear: John Anstie’s short piece on the Darwin Song Project, which is accompanied by a video of Karine Polwart singing We’re All Leaving. It struck me as I listened to this that there is no need for walking on water, no need of “miracles.” We are THE miracle. We who know we are mortal, that we will lose and be lost, still reach out and give our hearts away …What remarkable creatures we are.
Normally I would pick one or two of the pieces that come in to be lead features, but the depth and breadth of the work submitted made that impossible. Hence we have five lead features this month. We have Michael Dickel teaching us about the relation between poetry and music. James R. Cowles bringing music together with science. Lily Negoi is possessed by music. Priscilla Galasso and Terri Stewart bring us memorable experiences of music in the context of family.
From there we move on to a collection of poems and videos. The latter offering some humor as well as grace.
So grab a hot coffee or a cold beer and settle down with us for awhile. Let us know what you think and consider sharing a link to one of your favorite videos as you go through the work delivered here.
Be the peace.
On behalf of The Bardo Group and Beguine Again, publishers of The BeZine,
TABLE OF CONTENTS WITH LINKS
Giving Life to Everything
Our header this month is courtesy of Sabine Sauermaul.
Music for Mewling, John Anstie
Music as Self and World, James R Cowles
The Waltz: Poems and Songs, Michael Dickel
Music: A Soul Experience, Priscilla Galasso
On Music, Liliana Negoi
Yes, indeed, that kind of singing . . . , Terri Stewart
Late Night Jazz, Michael Dickel
Words, Words, Words, Michael Dickel
Middle-Class Middle-Aged Male Blues, Michael Dickel
But Hear the Dissonance 1948-2011, Michael Dickel
Songs Around the City, Sharon Frye
The Final Bar, Joseph Hesch
Playing with Their Eyes Closed, Joseph Hesch
The Song Remains the Same, Joseph Hesch
I Hear the Angels Hum, Joseph Hesch
Concerto, Joseph Hesch
For Music, Ben Naga
Grande’s Mandolin (Revised), Corina Ravenscraft
music. . . , Charles W. Martin
Hallmark of Harmony, John Anstie
Don’t Throw Away Your Empties, John Anstie
The History of Lyrics That Aren’t Lyrics, Jamie Dedes
Britian’s National Disabled Orchestra, Jamie Dedes
Big Mama Thornton, Jamie Dedes
Sergey Khachatryan – Armenian violinist, Silva Merjanian
Georgre Enescu: “Carillons nocturnes,” Cristian Perescu, piano, Liliana Negoi
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