We Are The Song

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Louise Penny writes a mystery series about a detective in a mythical village in Quebec called Three Pines. I love these books especially for the author’s keen insight into human nature and her prose which flows like poetry. A favorite from the series is The Beautiful Mystery, about a murder in a monastery set deep into the wilds of Canada. Although hidden away, the monks are renowned for their near perfect expression of Gregorian chant. The abbot says, “Each of us individual notes. On our own, nothing. But together? Divine. We don’t just sing, we are the song.” The narrator says, “Gamache wondered if an equally important part of a chant wasn’t just the notes, but the space between them. The silence…They had such a profound effect on those who sang and heard them that the ancient chants became known as “The Beautiful Mystery.”

 

The Beauriful Mystery

 

 

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Anthem Before Inauguration

 

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Anthem- Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

 

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Sting: Living in the “Shadow of the Shipyard”

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Thomas Wolfe tells us we can’t go home again, but we must.  So Sting found out when the “songs stopped coming.”  In a recent TED Talk (linked below ) he tells the story of how he lost his muse and found it again in his home town of Wallsend in the North East of England.  It is a profound telling of life in the “shadow of the shipyard,” of the men of the town walking down to the sea in the morning and back up the hill in the evening, an ever present ship looming between houses lining narrow streets.  The yard was “noisy, dangerous and toxic,” but he returned to try to understand his ‘folk,” to honor the community he came from.  The songs he has written are integral to his first musical, “The Last Ship,” premiering in Chicago this June 10- July 13.  I hope you enjoy Sting’s talk and performance as much as I did.  We all have to take this same archetypal spiritual journey in some form in order to become whole.  I’ll meet you along the road.

 

 

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http://www.ted.com/talks/sting_how_i_started_writing_songs_again?utm_content=awesm-publisher&awesm=on.ted.com_f0FwL&utm_source=lm.facebook.com&utm_medium=on.ted.com-facebook-share&utm_campaign=

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-23866406

http://www.sting.com/news/title/stings-new-musical-the-last-ship-anchors-in-chicago-prior-to-broadway-bow