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Words & Music: ~Clouds~

I hope everyone has had a profitable day!  I did, but it was also hot and exhausting and a lot of things didn’t go very well.  But nothing a little ice cream didn’t fix, and then I turned on BBC Radio 3’s program “Words and Music” where they did an episode dedicated to the theme of Clouds.  What a relaxing, soothing way to spend an evening!  I really hope you get a chance to listen to it before it expires.  You’ll enjoy music from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Perry Como, and narrators Simon Russell Beale and Adjoa Andoh read pieces (mainly poetry) from Emily Dickinson and Wordsworth.  I particularly enjoyed “Cloudburst,” by Eric Whitacre, Claude Debussy, and a poem called “Clouds,” by William Sharp.  Some parts of this program could bring one to tears, it is so heavenly and featherlight…

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Recent Librivox addition: Fables

Greetings!  This recent collection of short audio stories were catalogued into the Librivox system and I thought I’d share since I read one short section (72).  My particular two fables were poems called ‘The Maiden’ and ‘The Wishes.’  I felt pretty good about them, but there are many other fine readers on the collection.  Poems are always interesting and sometimes more fun to listen to than read in silence.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2017 in LibriVox

 

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Ocean theme on “Words & Music”

I’ve just finished listening to one of the most enjoyable programs I’ve listened to yet from BBC Radio 3’s “Words & Music” program.  Entitled “Life’s a Wave”, all pieces of poetry, prose, and music have been selected to fit a sea-faring theme.  Although some parts of it are a little dark, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the voices of Lesley Sharp and John Shrapnel (both new discoveries for me).  I loved the quiet sounds Sharp’s voice made of the words no matter their meaning, and Shrapnel had such a burly, deck-scrubbed timbre that he made even “Moby Dick” sound fascinating!

Unfortunately, I waited a bit late to listen to it and pass it on, so there are only a dozen or so remaining days to listen.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Words & Music: About Time!

58ca35b37957afa7d2705c9b68efb408It’s common to review where the time has gone when we reach the end of the year.  The BBC radio program “Words & Music” recently aired an episode based on the theme of Time.  Whether you listen at the start of your day, on your lunch hour, during a lovely afternoon, or when whiling away the evening hours, this program has a full playlist of great voices narrating beautiful words and accompanying music.  Some of my favorites were A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, “The Tiger Who Came for Tea,” and D. H. Lawrence.  Available for a limited time.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Words & Music: Mirrors and Reflections

ef2ec994a6f611d76ed3ed046c7ed97cI’ve just listened to a beautiful program from Words & Music on this (for me) quiet November afternoon.  If you enjoy good music and the wonderful sound of words, this program will be your cup of autumnal tea.  Henry Goodman and Lisa Dillon are the narrators for this particular episode, and I particular liked the liquid, alto voice of Dillon.  Authors and poets read from include Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carroll, and Thomas Hardy.  Music ranges from Haydn to Benjamin Britten.  I especially liked the poem, “Lady at the Mirror,” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Words and Music: Hinterland

I think that is going to be one of my favorite words from now on: ‘hinterland’.  It’s so full of mystery and unreachability.  Recently on BBC 3, Words and Music did a program on the word and I enjoyed listening to it last night.  Full of poetry by Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, and Christine Rosetti, and one piece I liked in particular: “The Road to Oxiana,” by Robert Byron.  The music creates appropriate atmosphere from composers such as Mendelssohn and Benjamin Britten.  I liked a new type of music I had never heard before called “Walking Song,” from Meredith Monk.  I thought it made a good listen-to on an autumn evening.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Nonsense!

f3b7a15186f19ec8cdd7da91c0ea34eaI’ve been enjoying listening to my newly discovered program on BBC Radio 3: Words & Music.  Are you a practical person by nature?  Do logic, sense, and reason appeal to you?  Then you probably won’t like this episode much, which features music, songs, poems, and prose with the theme of ‘Nonsense’.  From Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, to Erik Satie and Gilbert & Sullivan, your ears will be tickled with sounds and made up words that practically make no sense.  Available for only a limited time.

 
 

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