Thursday, April 29, 2010
Beautiful day for a cycling commute!
Coming home was a bit disorienting though with the fierce gales a-blowin'...but all that SUNSHINE! Just made it right... :-) There were some upside-down, Alice-In-Wonderland moments when I would be pedaling DOWN hills...gravity? Which way did you go? I AM going DOWN the hill, right...? :-)
I've been better at holding onto melodies while biking and actually taking my singing out of the shower room now and then....lol!
My mind drifted to an album I SO enjoyed during my childhood. It was released in 1967...I was eleven. Donovan's "A Gift From a Flower to a Garden." John Lennon's "Imagine" spoke to me in an abstract way about a community of peace and love. But with this album Donovan took the idealism of "Imagine" and made it *REAL* by singing his own folklore & tales of simpler times of serenity of pureness of heart...these songs are just SUCH a delight! The album was originally 2 discs, the first 10 songs were more "grown up," the remaining 12 songs more for "children" of all ages... :-) Although there are some gems among the first 10 ("Sun"...give me comfy lawn chair, good company and a sunny day...you have the essence of this song!) the remaining 12 truly speak to my heart! There is such joy, despair, purity, innocence and depth of feeling! Introduce your children to this music...they may still carry it "within" decades later...!
Here are the ones which came to mind today:
The Mandolin Man and His Secret:
The Tinker and the Crab:
These are not songs to pump you up or get your feet moving. These are songs to stir your heart and soul!
Hope you enjoy!
I'm SO looking forward to another day of sun, wind and movement tomorrow!
PS: Amazon has the CD for $17:
or as an mp3 download for $10:
PPS: It's Arbor Day! Give back to Mother Earth and Plant a Tree!