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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!

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    Awesome tunes. I just took my bike for it's spring tune-up and am looking forward to starting up again. I also got some new "shape up" sneakers and plan to get out and walk more. You are always a motivation for me. And I lobe the tunes. I was also a Donovan fan....but back then my heart belonged to Bobby Sherman. emoticon
    2782 days ago
    Thank you for more great tune recommendations. Congratulations on how well you are doing with your biking!
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    2783 days ago
    Nice to learn something new but a search on youtube didn't yield an ASL version of them. Must have been ahead of our times... *laughing. Thanks for sharing and hope the wind dies down for today's ride!
    2784 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great songs love them too........
    thanks for sharing
    blessings and hugs............lita

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    2784 days ago
    in the city I love to hear music but when I am in nature I want to hear those sounds. It makes me go slower that's true because the rhythm of the music sets my pace.
    Enjoy your weekend!!!
    2784 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Thank for reminding me those songs. *hippie smiley*

    The song who pops in my mind everytime I bike is "Bicycle race" by Queen
    2784 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2010 7:00:34 AM
    Thank you so much for the music links! I'd never heard of this, even though I love the music of that era. My mom used to listen to it on the oldies AM station late at night when I was little so even though I wasn't there, I feel like I grew up in this era. Musically speaking, I did. So discovering something new imbued with the aura of that era is a special gift...thank you. :)
    2784 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder, I am several years ahead of you and had lost my albums in a fire. Ordered the cd
    2784 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed your commute though I would not feel safe bicycling in traffic with earplugs in. More power to you if you can manage it. Sounds like fun!
    2784 days ago
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