Category Archives: Listening

The Ballad of the Children of the Czar

SHORT INTRO This old thing is my favourite poem by Delmore Schwartz, and in my top 100 favourite poems. This one is copied from the Poetry Foundation site, citation at the bottom.There may be many good pictures of Schwartz but I haven’t found them. These are from https://pcolman.wordpress.com/tag/lou-reed/. A blog by Padraig Colman.Lou Reed took

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Some Assembly Required

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LISTEN, HERE

“I paint what I see.” Artists through the centuries have responded differently to their vision, even to what’s right in front of them. What they see is not always representational but imaginative art making prompted by what they see. Painters, visual artists, use a variety of stimuli to inspire their art making. Music listening certainly

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from THE LETTERWRITER #1

Dear Max Ferguson, My name is Victor Enns. I am a grade 12 student in the Mennonite Collegiate Institute, the oldest coeducational boarding school in Canada. The school has several other distinctions, and is renowned for its music program. I have enclosed two records of our choral singing that were made in the last two

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A Poem I Like

“AUBADE” by W.S. Di Piero published in March 30th 2020 New Yorker, morning blessings for our times. Photo by eliana melisande. Thank You!

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Poets’ Poker Night in Regina

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Innocence (i. Introduction)

The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth Said, “Little creature, form’d of Joy and Mirth, “Go love without the help of any Thing on Earth.” Auguries of Innocence   By William Blake To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

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Dispatch from Belfast 1996

John Field – 1996 Dispatch from Belfast* the first play, his hands a long way off from his shirt and casket cuffs demonstrating clementi’s instrument with his soft fingertips. The society of Russia made him “Darling” finally, his mistress made him her husband after three years under under his This time, these next years now

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MUSIC 2018 OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

BREATHING THROUGH MY EARS My listening continues to gravitate to classical recordings with heady mix of jazz and blues and rock. Late string quartets by Shubert and Beethoven have my attention, as does Shubert’s Piano Sonata in G reaching for peace. Schubert and Beethoven’s late quartets were a revelation, thanks to Tom Allen and CBC.

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My Cod Piece from the Waterfront

ICELANDIC COD I stop at the meat and fish counter, seeing Icelandic Cod for sale. I  wonder what makes this cod Icelandic? Maybe somebody behind the counter can tell me what makes this Cod Icelandic. Now this is a large chain grocery store it’s true, but it’s in Gimli, once known as New Iceland….Partly I

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