Thursday, September 2, 2010

At Home with Friends, Joshua Bell

We watched this PBS special
of Joshua Bell, the Washington
DC subway
violinist ( noone recognized
him and he got 32.17 for 43 minutes of
playing) . This album is one that
he turned a room in his
apt in NYC into a beautiful place to
host a crowd ....of the most renown
singers and players to do one song
with him. ( Chris Botti, Sting, Renee
Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth.
.) It
reminds me of YOYO MA & FRIENDS.

I love COME AGAIN with Sting.
It sounds like it comes from a Jane
Austen film.

Come again:
Sweet love doth now invite,
Thy graces that refrain,
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come again
That I may cease to mourn,
Through thy unkind disdain:
For now left and forlorn,
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die,
In deadly pain and endless misery.

All the day
That sun that lends me shine
By frowns doth cause me pine
And feeds me with delay:
Her smiles, my springs that make my joys to grow,
Her frowns, the winters of my woe.

All the night
My sleep is full of dreams,
My eyes are full of streams,
My heart takes no delight
To see the fruits and joys that some do find,
And mark the storms to me assigned,

Out, alas,
My faith is ever true,
Yet will she never rue,
Nor yield me any grace;
Her eyes of fire, her heart of flint is made,
Whom tears nor truth may once invade.

Gentle Love,
Draw forth thy wounding dart,
Thou canst not pierce her heart,
For I that to approve,
By sighs and tears more hot than are thy shafts,
Did tempt, while she for [mighty]1 triumph laughs.


melissa said...

We have the Sting CD with that song on it (and more that are similar)...oh, and isn't Joshua Bell the violinist who does the playing in the movie, "Ladies in Lavender"?


Bonnie said... make me want to see that movie again. Joshua played the music and there is a soundtrack. I'm off to find it at the library!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Sting was certainly dressed for a part in Jane Austen! It's good to hear you are out making excursions now, and eating packages of delicious ice cream treats!

Genuine Lustre said...

I love Sting. He speaks to the melancholy gaelic side. My favorite is "Lullaby for an Anxious Child."