Friday, 8 July 2005

Lifting your spirits

On such a day as this, what can you do to lift your spirits without forgetting the atrocities of last night?

I recommend music, especially music that represents the best of the culture that is presently under attack. Listening to the best of the west is almost like an act of defiance, a reminder that this is what we're defending against the nihilists.

So what works then? Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony is presently doing wonders for me. Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' has also hit the spot, and I fully expect Jesse Norman's rendition of Richard Strauss' 'Four Last Songs' and Wagner's five 'Wesendonck' lieder to do it for me shortly. And I note Craig is listening to and enjoying Noel Coward's 'London Pride,' as I did earlier when I followed the link he posted.

And even Radio New Zealand have offered something to look forward to. Tomorrow afternoon they begin a two-part programme on, in my estimation, America's greatest composer: Duke Ellington. (Word has it that RNZ have their programming streamed somewhere, but I'm blowed if I can work out where.) And Duke perhaps should have the last word on rising above adversity: "I merely took the energy it would have taken to pout," he used to say, " and I wrote some blues." And such effortless-seeming blues they are too. I can't wait.


  1. Please show support

  2. What can you do without "forgetting"? Typo alert.

    Alternatively...maybe tie a little red bus around your finger and set it on fire. That'll keep the memory fresh.

  3. What is it with this guy Rick? He obviously doesn't like you but won't be up-front with his aggression- just follows you around and comes in for a little nip now and then. A bit like Jamie Oliver when the soufflé won't rise. Well I have no such qualms - Rick I think you are a farooking retard.

    It's good to see Mark and Linda here PC.


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