Monday, November 3, 2008

Beauty is Always Available

I had a rough weekend and am having a rough beginning of this week, emotionally speaking. Instead of going into the details of why that is the case, which I think would be a form of fruitless dwelling on my sorrows, I instead have decided to post this audio clip.

It is a recording of baritone Robert Merrill and tenor Jussi Bjorling singing a duet from Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers." The first time I heard this duet, I had no idea what these guys were singing about (still don't in fact, although I will be looking that up later today), but I nonetheless instantly got the chills and found myself quietly crying by the time the song ended. That's the power of opera at its greatest.

Pure beauty, this is. When I listen to these two men singing, I am reminded that one always can make a choice to focus on the beautiful instead of the ugly, the good instead of the bad, the calm instead of the inflamed. That is an important reminder for me personally as I work through some difficult issues. I think it also is an important reminder for all of my fellow Americans as we embark upon whichever new course we collectively choose for ourselves tomorrow.


Reya Mellicker said...

What a beautiful sound! Willow posted a vid of one of her favorite singers this week, too. Clearly many of us need to hear beautiful sound right now.

So sorry you've had a rough weekend. Much love to you and yours. Much.

willow said...

Ahh...this can cure all ills! One of the most beautiful duets ever. Sigh.

Barbara said...

Music is a good companion when life is difficult. I hope things improve for you and those you love.

virtual voyage said...

Sorry to hear you're having a difficult time, and thanks for posting this haunting clip.

Val said...

sorry to hear you've been having a tricky time - hope things smooth out for you soon. send me email for chat :-) xx

Julie (VV) said...

Just to say thinking of you.

SJW said...

Hi Adrianne,
I've been missing from blogland for a while. Hope things are going a bit better for you now.

This is a really beautiful piece of music - thank-you - and your post has reminded me to do two things, one of which is to follow up on your tagging. Will get to it soon.
: )