Archives for beauty

Encountering Jessye

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me.   —Civilla D. Martin  Jessye Norman has blessed me, my wife, and our six children since the late 1980’s. Blessed is the only adequate word. With grace. With dignity. With healing. Debra (my wife of some forty years) and I first “met” opera soprano Jessye, listening to her celestial “Christmastide (1988).” We witnessed and were utterly captivated by Jessye’s stunning artistry, vocal power, and sovereign dignity. At just the right moment. Bereft of joy, beauty, hope We
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laboring for beauty

Adam’s Curse by William Butler Yeats We sat together at one summer’s end, That beautiful mild woman, your close friend, And you and I, and talked of poetry. I said, “A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught. Better go down upon your marrow-bones And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather; For to articulate sweet sounds together Is to work harder than all these, and yet Be thought an idler by the noisy set Of
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