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: https://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/

May these “holy days” be gifted with healing.

Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.

Medicine Buddha

http://www.fpmt-osel.org/gallery/medicine.htm

News that did not “Break”–Peace Now!

Peace on Earth–do we really desire it?

Did you view news coverage of the arrest of 131 proclaimers for peace on December 16, 2010 in front of the White House? If this is the season of “holy days” extolling “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to men” then why is there so scant news coverage of real people demanding real peace on Earth? About 1% of the American population is actively engaged in daily warfare. Another 1% of the American population economically benefits from the business of conducting warfare.  What are the other 98% of the American population doing? At least 10% are struggling to survive unemployment. That leaves about 88% of us going about the business of everyday life.  During these “holy days”  some of us will  endure physical intrusions upon our persons when we chose to travel by airplane because of the fear doctrine employed by those waging their lucrative war on terror. What do we Americans fear most? Apparently we fear being blown apart. However would we cope with daily life if our homes, hospitals, schools, and streets were indeed being carpet bombed? It’s tough to imagine what daily life in a war zone is really like when there is virtually no substantial media coverage of the reality of war.  But if the 88% of us going about our daily lives in relative safety were paying attention to our wars, what would we be doing? Fleeing to remote wilderness areas? Stocking up on guns and ammo for self-defence survival scenarios? Or??? Seriously what would we do?

Here’s the best news video I’ve discovered so  far regarding the war protestors demanding peace outside our increasingly infamous White House on December 16, 2010.  Links/references to other news coverage is welcomed

Thanks to Dr. Margaret Flowers, Ron Kovic, Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, Ray McGovern,  Codepink, the old and young veterans, and supporters.  For more information visit  Stop These Wars  http://www.stopthesewars.org/

Shanti Om   —  Peace

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