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Hallelujah

By page ninety of Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop, I had to stop reading to find a pen and pad to note the music.  Each time Frank, the music shop owner recommended a song to  one of his patrons, I wanted to hear it.

658px-Beethoven_piano_sonata_14_mvmt_1_bar_1-4.svgNot only a story of true love and redemption, The Music Shop was a resource for old favorites as well as new classics.  Now I have new playlists.  How many of these have you heard lately – or ever?

  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • Spirit in the Dark – Aretha Franklin
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
  • Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic
  • Barber’s Adagio for Strings
  • Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans

colorful-music-clipart-music-staff-blueWhen Frank courts Isle Brauchmann with his music lessons, I found a list for the next time I can’t sleep on a plane:

  • Chopin’s Prelude No. 15
  • Heyr, Himna Smiour with the Iceland Chorus
  • Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven
  • Perotin’s Beata Viscera
  • Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

And, the most redeeming of all – Handel’s Messiah.

Although Frank would have preferred my listening to vinyl, my music is on iTunes.

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Reading Goals

Grant Snider offered his “Reading Goals in the Book Review section of the New York Times.

75px-Hot_chocolate_p1150797  I need to remember:

“I will journey far outside myself,,,without leaving my chair.”

See the full cartoon – here.

The Versatility of Coffee

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“…coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleaguered in the middle of the night.”

Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Found this quote from a fellow reader, prompting me to look for the book…9781442490628_p0_v3_s192x300

Will, I think you’re too brave to be a runaway.”

That wasn’t what Will had expected. She said, “I — what?”

“It is real life that takes the real courage, little wildcat. School is very difficult. But that’s because it takes toughness and patience. It’s what life is, my love. Although life is very beautiful, it is also very difficult.”

—Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell

from the Cakes, Tea, and Dreams site

Simple Gifts

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Shaker Oval Boxes

Looking over my shelf of books, I found June Sprigg’s gift to me from many years ago.  Her small paperback, Simple Gifts,  details her summer with a group of Shaker women in New Hampshire, and it brought back memories of my visit to the Berkshires.  Her closing paragraph has her gift to the reader.

“…that summer, in final blessing, gave me three things that proved in time to be everything I have needed to keep me on my way: simple awareness of the path itself, a conviction that life has meaning worth the good fight, coupled with the truth of its wonderful, terrible cost; a North Star in the example of my Shaker friends, so that I can stay the course and regain my bearings when I wander off and get lost; and, of ever greater comfort as the years go by, recognition of fellow travelers on the journey, before me and behind me, through the numberless days and years and seasons of our kind’s time on earth.  Those who go seeking are never alone.”