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    Spring from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

    July 10, 2011 // Comments Off on Spring from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence

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    Waiting/ John Burroughs

    May 18, 2011 // Comments Off on Waiting/ John Burroughs

     

     

    Waiting is on the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” albums  (I and II) You can also buy the mp3 at the “store” on this site.  Thanks for your support!

     

    SERENE, I fold my hands and wait,
    Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
    I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
    For, lo! my own shall come to me.

    I stay my haste, I make delays,
    For what avails this eager pace?
    I stand amid the eternal ways,
    And what is mine shall know my face.

    Asleep, awake, by night or day,
    The friends I seek are seeking me;
    No wind can drive my bark astray,
    Nor change the tide of destiny.

    What matter if I stand alone?
    I wait with joy the coming years;
    My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
    And garner up its fruit of tears.

    The waters know their own and draw
    The brook that springs in yonder height;
    So flows the good with equal law
    Unto the soul of pure delight.

    The stars come nightly to the sky;
    The tidal wave unto the sea;
    Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
    Can keep my own away from me.

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    The Chimney Sweepers

    May 10, 2011 // Comments Off on The Chimney Sweepers

    The Chimney Sweepers

    William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience recorded in Tucson Arizona. Link above to YouTube. Click on picture for another link to Blake’s work.

    Recently been short of breath.  So did the best I could for now.

    Hope you enjoy them.

     

     

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    A Dream

    March 9, 2011 // Comments Off on A Dream

    New music for “A Dream” from the “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake. Recorded at home in Tucson to document the musical ideas. Hope you enjoy it.

    Enjoyed this song? Grab the MP3 (just the song with flute and cello added) for just 99 cents!

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    Music for Rumors from an Aeolian Harp

    January 6, 2011 // Comments Off on Music for Rumors from an Aeolian Harp

    Here’s a video of the Henry David Thoreau’s poem “Rumors from an Aeolian Harp”.

    “…The tread of high souled men go by

    Their thoughts conversing with the sky.”

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    Benedictus Eternita

    September 22, 2010 // Comments Off on Benedictus Eternita

    A little symphonic piece:

    Ending Piece

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    On Another’s Sorrow

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    Music for William Blake’s “On Another’s Sorrow” from his Songs of Innocence. This is taken from a cassette tape recording of many years ago. This is scored and ready for performance…when I find a violist, violinist or cellist!

     

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    Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

    August 9, 2010 // Comments Off on Keats’ Ode to A Nightingale

     

    The album “Ode on a Grecian Urn” now includes Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale.” Click here to link to lulu.com. It’s also available at amazon.com in the Ode to a Grecian Urn II album.

    Thanks for your support.

     

     

     

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    Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

    July 18, 2010 // Comments Off on Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

    First draft of John Keats’ famous poem “Ode to a Nightingale”.  Just me with my guitar…. oops,  says file is too big! The song turned out to be right at 10 minutes long.  O.k. I’ll see what else I can do.

    So here’s a preview of the first two verses:

    Ode to a Nightingalepreview2

    Here’s the first two lines again but different:

    FirstlinereviseOdeNight

    I’ve been playing with violin, viola, cello and flute which all sound good, but I keep coming back to the bare bones creation. What can I say!

    Thank you,  John for this beautiful poem. I hope you like what I’m doing with it.

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    Nearly Ready….or do I speak too soon!

    July 7, 2010 // Comments Off on Nearly Ready….or do I speak too soon!

    Ode to a Nightingale is finally pulling together.  I’m getting very close to beginning the recording process.  My first reaction to putting this great work to music was a bit overwhelming. But patient, inching progress has led to something I think will be very nice and fitting of the great sentiments.

    My favorite part: “Was it a vision or a waking dream? Fled is that music-do I wake or sleep?”  (The very last lines)

    Of course I love the whole poem. I hope you will like what I’m doing with it.

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