All posts filed under: Quotes

A marvelous quote…

“Old Camels carry young Camels skins to the Market.” George Herbert   Herbert was a Welsh poet from the 16th – 17th century, who (apparently) had a problem with hitting his mouth when he ate… What a bib, eh…? But it’s a marvelous quote, by a man who was known for them… I recommend that those of you who don’t know about him go and check him out. You could do worse.     Image found here.     Advertisements

Beignets…

More sensory impressions… always more. Take them all in… live in your senses. Do not suffer through intolerable noise; accept it, parse it… internalize it, that you may recall individual sounds later, when noise is not available to you. Do you remember the smell of Beignets, from the Café Du Mondé? Do you remember smelling them eighteen months after the fact, as if they were still right in front of you, fresh and piping hot from the oven? And what sights does that memory ignite? Do you not see the confections-in-question there before you? Do you not see the café and the square where it resides in front of you? With the tables spread under the porch roof, and the lines waiting to get in, like an audience of rabid connoisseurs attending a master recital at the old Athenaeum at Chatauqua? Can you not still see that caricature of your small self, drawn for you by a talented street artist? Do you not feel the astonishingly soggy heat of a midday Louisiana sun beating down upon the back of your …

On the multiplicity of languages…

Languages are fascinating systems… Puzzles, really… With a language, one begins to think in concrete steps. Steps that can be transferred to another person, with more or less complete understanding. We can now begin to explore… ourselves and our environment. We can begin our quest for understanding, and truth. Without a language… well…

It’s your birthday…

To err is human, to forgive divine. Hope springs eternal… Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed… A little learning is a dangerous thing… Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Wit is the lowest form of humor. All of the above quotes, and many others, have been variously attributed over the years. The Bible, or Oscar Wilde or Benjamin Franklin, or Shakespeare, or any number of other authors have been credited with these, and so many more. But in fact, they are from the author whose birthday we remember on this date, Alexander Pope. Pope has been called one of the most quoted writers in the English language. Oh, yeah… And he was something of a Poet, as well. In much the same way that the Kentucky Derby is something of a horse race…     Image found here.    

Intimacy…

The art of Music is one of intimacy. Nothing more… nothing less… It is two or more people agreeing to bare their souls… to go where the Music would have them go, regardless of the space they might be individually inhabiting at the moment. Music is the willingness to open yourself to the vagaries of the unknown. It’s the exploration of humanity, by those who are willing to do their searching publicly. It’s the reaching into and touching of a place where only the rare few ever find their way. It is me… allowing you… in. I can count on one hand the people, including musicians, who’ve personally touched me there.