To guide, to teach, to re-direct, to discipline – these may not be as satisfying emotionally as comforting but when properly done, they are essential.
I am glad to take you by the hand and lead you along an untrodden way into a world where the hand is supreme. But at the very outset we encounter a difficulty. You are so accustomed to light, I fear you will stumble when I try to guide you through the land of darkness and silence. The blind are not supposed to be the best of guides. Still, though I cannot warrant not to lose you, I promise that you shall not be led into fire or water, or fall into a deep pit. If you will follow me patiently, you will find that “there’s a sound so fine, nothing lives ‘twixt it and silence,” and that there is more meant in things than meets the eye. [Helen Keller, The World I Live In (1907), chapter I, “The Seeing Hand.”]
Guidance is to the intellect what comfort is to the emotions. None of us is perfect. The wisest elder can profit from the guidance of others. Done with a little kindness, guidance – like comfort – also conveys a message that others care about us.
- Joshua Kendall, First Dads: Parenting and Politics From George Washington to Barack Obama (Grand Central Publishing, 2016): “How can anyone combine such a brutally demanding job with being a good father? And what does each president’s fitness for parenthood reveal about his fitness to run our country?”
Technical and Analytical Readings
- Norman Rockwell, A Tough One
- Arshile Gorky, How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life (1944)
- Norman Rockwell, Outward Bound (1927)
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Piano Lesson (1889)
- Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Education of the Virgin (late 1770s)
- William Hogarth, Surrounded by Artists and Professors (1732-34)
- Ferdinand Bol, David's Dying Charge to Solomon (1643)
Music: songs and other short pieces
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Teach Your Children
Film and Stage
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Ravi Shankar brought Indian classical music to the West.
- Performing Raga Bhimpalasi live at Monterey International Pop Festival
- Live at his home in 1969: Kaunsi Kanada
- Live at his home in 1969: Raga Bihag
- Raga Tilak Kamod, recorded at the Town House in London
- Live in 1978, with Alla Rakha
- Live in 1987, in Patras, Greece
- Raga Lalit, live, with Ali Akbar Khan
- Live at Carnegie Hall in 1982, with Ali Akbar Khan
- Glazunov, Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 92 (1911): close emulation of themes characterizes this concerto.
- Gernsheim, Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 6: 1. Allegro ma non troppo; 2. Allegro vivace assai; 3. Andante con moto; 4. Allegro con brio.
- Antes, String Trios: No. 2 in D minor for 2 violins and cello
- Finzi, Violin Concerto, Op. posth. (1928)
- Puccini, Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica): In this opera, Catholic guilt is taken to an extreme. A young woman has become a nun after giving birth to a child, unmarried, seven years earlier. She relinquishes her inheritance, thinking the child is dead, and kills herself, thinking she will join him in heaven. She has forgotten that suicide is a mortal sin. The theme here is misguidance. (Performances are conducted by Gardelli, Spanjaard and unidentified conductor.)