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Places to Play and Pray

For the last few weeks, every morning I've had a full chorus of chirpy birds singing to their hearts' content outside my window.

It's a wonderful sound and is an indication that spring is here--whatever that means to a San Diegan.

Beethoven was fascinated with bird song and in the opening of his 6th Symphony, he uses various instruments to mimic them.

The first section is titled, "Awakening of happy feelings upon arriving in the country."

If we listen carefully, we can hear little birds chirping their way across the orchestra.

This is music that goes beyond "happy feelings" and arrives at the doorstep of joy.

This is the core of romanticism--finding joy in nature. It might even be safe to say that Beethoven's 6th itself is the core of romanticism.

To my mind, romanticism is all about exploring the role of humanity in nature. Beyond that, it is finding healing, solace, and inspiration in nature.

Until we turn off the TV and step out into nature and feel the grass between our toes, the full joy of Beethoven will elude us.

No one can say it better than John Muir, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

Beethoven and Mr. Muir could not agree more. One gave us his 6th Symphony, the other gave us Yosemite.

Gratitude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bbinrDGNJw

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For the last few weeks, every morning I've had a full chorus of chirpy birds singing to their hearts' content outside my window.

It's a wonderful sound and is an indication that spring is here--whatever that means to a San Diegan.

Beethoven was fascinated with bird song and in the opening of his 6th Symphony, he uses various instruments to mimic them.

The first section is titled, "Awakening of happy feelings upon arriving in the country."

If we listen carefully, we can hear little birds chirping their way across the orchestra.

This is music that goes beyond "happy feelings" and arrives at the doorstep of joy.

This is the core of romanticism--finding joy in nature. It might even be safe to say that Beethoven's 6th itself is the core of romanticism.

To my mind, romanticism is all about exploring the role of humanity in nature. Beyond that, it is finding healing, solace, and inspiration in nature.

Until we turn off the TV and step out into nature and feel the grass between our toes, the full joy of Beethoven will elude us.

No one can say it better than John Muir, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

Beethoven and Mr. Muir could not agree more. One gave us his 6th Symphony, the other gave us Yosemite.

Gratitude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bbinrDGNJw

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i did not know this!!

thx so much for broadening my ear

i hear them!!!

now to go find a vernal forest somewhere amidst this desert wasteland scene

happy Sunday Garrett ;-D

March 27, 2011

There's always Mission Gorge. Taking that walk early in the morning might be all you need. I'm talking about Mission Trails Park but the section near the visitor center, not the Santee side.

April 4, 2011

i did finally start to read Eat Pray Love but didn't finish it it was so vapid

i actually have a walk area directly behind me with a small creek...i can take my terrier along...there r ducks and egrets from time to time...but lot of homeless people camp out down there after the sun goes down so i only do it during the day...it's about a 1 miles one way walk...and beautifully quiet...except for the birds

i visit with the homeless if they're there during the day...Bobby doesn't like me to go there alone and he can't walk far

i've never have had a prob......it's all good..no worries when ur old ;-D

April 5, 2011

That's too bad about Eat, Pray, Love. Maybe try the Twilight Series? Hee hee.

April 6, 2011

the Twilight series...u knucklehead..i'll box ur ears for that young one!!!!...;-D

did u ever even try to read "A Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek"??????

u must have heard i'm a swampy "True Blood" fan...now talk about eclectic music..that series has it all!!

April 6, 2011

I'm right in the middle of the 7 book Masters of Rome series by Coleen McCullough. I'm loving it!

April 8, 2011

oooooooooooo Antony and Cleopatra!!

that sounds great!!

i watched the Borgia's last Sunday...if all i can expect is gratuitous sex and poisonous sacraments i won't be watching it for long

i haven't read a series in forever...not since i reread the EarthSea series by Ursula Le Guin...i was fascinated by the idea that if one could understand Dragonspeak a relationship could begin

know any dragons we can speak 2 Tenor???

April 9, 2011

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