Thursday, August 14, 2008

Goal 74 - Listen to a CD every week

I'm discovering that you have to keep reviewing your goals list. My mind tends to revert to general goals that I've been thinking about for years, like get thinner, get fitter, and I forget about all the other things I could be doing.

I just read over my list again and realized I have been working on a goal that I forgot about, i.e. listen to CDs. I should explain. I'm a professional musician, and I am surrounded by music. Like here at this festival: we're singing six-plus hours a day...when I get back to my room I want peace and quiet. But even on a regular basis, I'd rather have quiet than be listening to a recording. Don't listen in the car, don't have an iPod.... But I think this is a bad idea. For one thing, on the occasions when I DO listen to a CD, it makes me happy, usually. I have a bunch of CDs that I never listen to, and this seems like wasting to me.

The CDs I was listening to are my own performances, but since they're recordings of my ex-husband's works that I've been putting off reviewing because of emotional considerations, and it was hard to make myself listen, I'm counting them! I'll count them both as one CD.

It actually made me feel better. The music is really, really good, and it made me feel better about the time I spent in the marriage. (Other than my really great children!!! They always make me feel better.)

I thought I'd post a song here for the edification of my readers. All five of them. (The player should appear in the sidebar, if I'm doing this right.)

This is the lyric:

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935). Collected Poems. 1921.

VII. The Three Taverns
5. The Dark Hills

DARK hills at evening in the west,
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors under ground,
Far now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade—as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done.

UPDATE: Well, drat! Didn't do it right. If you want to hear it you have to paste the URL into your URL thingy. Here's the URL:

If I figure out how to embed it properly I will certainly do so.


the Bag Lady said...

So....that's you singing in that recording?
Lovely! Really lovely.
The Bag Lady was once a singer, until she ruptured her vocal chords. Sigh.

Melissa said...

Oh no!!! I had a vocal cord hemorrhage twice and that was bad. I'm very sorry.

Thanks for listening! And thanks for the compliment too. It's a pretty song, isn't it.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous high note, as always. :-) Sigh.

The Jealous Mezzo
(Hi, Melissa, it's me, Jody ;-)