Sunday, December 1, 2013

Finding Company for Your Soul

Love (III) - George Herbert
Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack,
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack'd anything.

 It is quite uplifting to discover new writers, even if they were born centuries ago, and new music, even if it may not be the ordinary music you listen to, and all this thanks to your favorite writer, in my case, Jeanette Winterson.
On the 11th of November Jeanette spoke on BBC Radio 4 about George Herbert's poetry and Sir John Tavener's elating music. Herbert's poems attract a new audience mainly because his message states that love must come before God, which seems quite controversial for a 17th century poet.

Taverner, who unfortunately died last month at the age of 69, is famous for his mystical music and the liturgical traditions that influenced his major works. How the two can mix is described in the podcast. You can listen to it here, for more insight on how the two creative minds can be related, but simply listening to "The Protecting Veil" can give you the feeling of having been touched by the wings of an angel :)


Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Oh no! Did Sir John Taverner die last month - my mom in law passed as well and so we've been out of touch with news, I must tell my husband, he has an extensive collection of Taverner's music. A great loss. So many of them this year.

Thanks for your relevant question on my blogpost! I've included the necessary info.

(If you celebrate it) Wishing you &yours a blessed Christmas and a peaceful 2014.

Best wishes
Judy Croome, South Africa

Ally said...

Hey Judy! Happy new Year! I did not know about Taverner until the BBC broadcast, but better late than never...