A Love Letter In This Digital Age: Music Theme ~ Love ~ for Friday the 13th of December.

Music Theme for December 13. Yes, that’s a Friday. I say we defy Friday the 13th with Love.

Inclined to offer more than music? Please feel free to incorporate whatever trips your love trap.  No, it is not my intention to confine Love to only the romantic variety. Though you certainly may do so.  Explore however you are so inclined.  Feel free to mix media–music and film videos, poetry, prose, visual art. Incorporate your own work and the works of others. If you will, think of this as an online Love Letter drawing upon and going in any and all directions that inspire you.

Tommy Grooms

My favorite scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.
A moment on the porch between Ivy Walker and Lucius Hunt.

Take note, Ivy Walker is blind.

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By John Donne 1572–1631 John Donne

For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love,
         Or chide my palsy, or my gout,
My five gray hairs, or ruined fortune flout,
         With wealth your state, your mind with arts improve,
                Take you a course, get you a place,
                Observe his honor, or his grace,
Or the king’s real, or his stampèd face
         Contemplate; what you will, approve,
         So you will let me love.
Alas, alas, who’s injured by my love?
         What merchant’s ships have my sighs drowned?
Who says my tears have overflowed his ground?
         When did my colds a forward spring remove?
                When did the heats which my veins fill
                Add one more to the plaguy bill?
Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still
         Litigious men, which quarrels move,
         Though she and I do love.
Call us what you will, we are made such by love;
         Call her one, me another fly,
We’re tapers too, and at our own cost die,
         And we in us find the eagle and the dove.
                The phœnix riddle hath more wit
                By us; we two being one, are it.
So, to one neutral thing both sexes fit.
         We die and rise the same, and prove
         Mysterious by this love.
We can die by it, if not live by love,
         And if unfit for tombs and hearse
Our legend be, it will be fit for verse;
         And if no piece of chronicle we prove,
                We’ll build in sonnets pretty rooms;
                As well a well-wrought urn becomes
The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs,
         And by these hymns, all shall approve
         Us canonized for Love.
And thus invoke us: “You, whom reverend love
         Made one another’s hermitage;
You, to whom love was peace, that now is rage;
         Who did the whole world’s soul contract, and drove
                Into the glasses of your eyes
                (So made such mirrors, and such spies,
That they did all to you epitomize)
         Countries, towns, courts: beg from above
         A pattern of your love!”
Online source The Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173353
In case you’re in the dark about Donne. He was not a one poem hit wonder. The man delivered the poetic goods time and time again. He had The Right Stuff from start to finish. Yeah, I think he’s a damn cool poet even though he’s been dead for a few centuries.
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Note:
On his way to a promising career, John Donne became a Member of Parliament in 1601. That same year, he married 16-year-old Anne More, the niece of Sir Egerton. Both Lord Egerton and Anne’s father, George More, strongly disapproved of the marriage, and, as punishment, More did not provide a dowry. Lord Egerton fired Donne and had him imprisoned for a short time. The eight years following Donne’s release would be a struggle for the married couple until Anne’s father finally paid her dowry.
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So who is ready to lift some spirits with Love during this season of holy days ancient, current and future?  Everyone is invited to share, even if it’s only a single piece that matters very much to you. Share in the comments, post on your blog and drop a link here so that we’re all connected.  Small or large makes no matter.  Let’s celebrate Love for a few glorious moments together.
namaste
Bear: LOVE http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/music-themes-love/
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Eva: http://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/
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Johnny: http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/
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Willow: http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/
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Deborah: http://myriad234.wordpress.com/
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D.S. Nelson: http://hatpaintladdersandwonkypooh.wordpress.com/

21 Comments

  1. December 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Theme to “get out of the way”? LOVE. Love it is. What else is there?

    • December 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      What else is there? Greed, hate, bigotry, narrow mindness, war, — need I go on?

      Yes. :) I’ve dropped links for Johnny, willow, Deborah and D.S. Nelson as well as yourself.
      I suspect YOU are already on roll with this one, Bear.

  2. slpmartin said,

    December 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    The second clip was just darling.

  3. December 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    How do you know I haven’t started mine yet? I know what love is, or could be, or might be. Just send some roses. : )

    • December 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I don’t know, Johnny.
      I have no doubt you know what love is, could be or might be. Roses or not.
      Have you left a return to my last 50 words or less drop? I bet you have.

      • December 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        No, you won. I’m going to find another obtuse photo op and start over. As far as love goes, well, you’ll have to wait until Friday. : P

      • December 11, 2013 at 2:33 am

        Awwww, Johnny, I thought we were on a roll!

  4. willowdot21 said,

    December 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Yes I shall dance to the music of love!

    • December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Is there a tango in your future–or past, willow? I’m betting on it. :)

  5. December 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    True Romance was such a great movie. I forgot all about it.

    • December 11, 2013 at 2:32 am

      I re-watched it today. Guess what. It stands the test of time. Yeah, it’s still a great film.

  6. Deborah said,

    December 11, 2013 at 12:52 am

    The collaborator and I have already been having fun with this one. :-)

  7. December 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Ahhhh – well, this theme brought to mind one of the most outstanding sax solos I’ve ever heard. From a band not a lot of people seem to know – even back then – The Collectors, from Canada — the album, What Love (Suite). Here is the sax solo … Jeanne

    • December 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Jeanne, This is just gorgeous. Merci. Hmm. :) What’s with the image? Does this represent a particular place for this band?

  8. December 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    OK – here’s a couple more – a fave from Big Head Todd and the Monsters (live) – Bittersweet (isn’t love?)

    And from another favorite band, Toad the Wet Sprocket – Something’s Always Wrong

    And now I’m done! J.

    • December 12, 2013 at 4:39 am

      Oh yeah? Two or three more and you’ve got a full load for your own blogcasa, Jeanne. But I am NOT complaining. Thanks for all the LOVE.


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