[“Only beauty purely loving/Knows no discord” (Thomas Campion)]
Continuing with classroom discussion of Campion’s “Rose-cheek’d Laura..”
Rose-cheek’d Laura, come
Sing thou smoothly with thy beauty’s
Silent music, either other
Lovely forms do flow
From concent divinely framed;
Heav’n is music and thy beauty’s
Birth is heavenly.
These dull notes we sing
Discords need for helps to grace them;
Only beauty purely loving
Knows no discord,
But still moves delight
Like clear springs renew’d by flowing,
Ever perfect, ever in them-
AG: I guess it’s (it’s metrics are) pretty natural – [to Student (Pat)] – Have … Read More
Allen and Philip Glass‘s 1990 interview with Studs Terkel (see here and here) concludes with Terkel offering Allen an open platform to “go off” on “anything of his choice”. Allen takes full advantage, listing the dangerous turn to censorship and repression in contemporary America circa 1990 (his “cautionary footnote”, as Terkel describes it, is a snapshot of a moment, but still reads chillingly, and regrettably, continuingly, pertinent in the light of present times.)
ST: Al, I thought we’d go off open-endedly, as they used to say in the … Read More
AG: Let’s see what else there is? The really great one for that I always thought was.. on (page) two-two-seven..Rose-cheek’d Laura – two-two-seven
Student; All the other books spell Laura with a “w” and not a “u”
AG: L-A-W-R-A? – Yeah, “Lawra” ..because that makes the vowel longer – “Lawra” – What I… [to Student] Do you know the music to that one?
Student: It’s not in there.
AG: It’s not in there. But, anyway.. Dig the way it goes . “Rose-cheek’d Laura, come”. It’s not “Rose-cheek’d Laura come” – “Rose-cheek’d Laura, come” – Rose-cheek’d – breath – Laura, … Read More
[Allen, turning on and off the tape of the Bunting’s lecture recording, searches on the tape-recorder] – “Well, let’s see what he says about it – He was using records too – It’ll be clear in a minute..”
[At approximately thirty-two-and a quarter minutes in (and concluding at approximately thirty-four-and-a-quarter minutes in), Allen plays a recording of Bunting reading Campion’s “Follow Thy Sun…” – “Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow/Tough … Read More
AG: Does anyone know (William) Blake’s “Little Black Boy”? – with a funny similar, similar little metaphor in that. Anybody here know that? Does everybody here know “Little Black Boy”? Anyone not? Who knows it..?
Student: I don’t know it.
AG: ……or know of it, know of it.
Student: I heard it was sung.
AG: Yeah, maybe I’ll sing that..while we’re at it, at that – not that it’s that relevant but the tune is (also important)…..Just for a similarity of theme I’ll get right to that song.
Student: Page five-hundred-and-forty-seven
AG: What.. is it in here? – “Black Boy”?.. “The Little Black Boy”? – … Read More