I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I shan’t be gone long. — You come too. I’m going out to fetch the little calf That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I…
Meditation for Sunday of Week 43 in the season of Assessing
- A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. [Abraham Maslow]
- Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. [Erich Fromm]
- Richard J. Lowry, ed., Dominance, Self-Esteem, Self-Actualization: Germinal Papers of A.H. Maslow (Thomas Brooks/Cole, 1974).
- Abraham H. Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (Viking Press, 1971).
- Abraham H. Maslow, Maslow on Management (Wiley, 1998).
- David W. Johnson, Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).
- Binyavanga Wainaina, One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2011): a man who thought his only talent was reading discovers his talent for writing.
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Self-Portrait (1910)
Music: songs and other short pieces
- Phil Collins, True Colors
Film and Stage
- Anna and the King of Siam, about a British woman who stands up for herself to an autocratic king. Jodie Foster starred in a later version. The King and I is the musical comedy version.
- Coal Miner’s Daughter, the life story of country singer Loretta Lynn
- Pinocchio: a puppet comes to life
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Naturally shy and introverted, Ella Fitzgerald was perhaps the finest female jazz singer to date. She mastered her culture's chief musical form, putting her own spin on it with her technique of scat singing. In realizing her full potential, she set the standard for others, who are still trying to match her.
- Cry Me a River
- How High Is the Moon?
- How High the Moon? (1958)
- Mr. Paganini (1961)
- Live in Australia (1960)
- An evening with Ella Fitzgerald and Roy Eldridge (1964)
- Duke Ellington Orchestra & Ella Fitzgerald Trio, Live in Milan (1966)
- Live in Berlin (1968)
- Live at Montreux (1969)
- Live (1974)
- Live at Ronnie Scott’s (1974)
- Duets in Hanover with Joe Pass (1975)
- Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival (1979)
- Live in Tokyo (1983)
- 100 recorded tracks
- The Cole Porter song book
- The Harold Arlen song book
- The George and Ira Gershwin song book
- The Duke Ellington song book
- The Rodgers and Hart song book
- “But Not For Me” album
- “Ella and Louis” album
- “Ella in London” album
- “Ella in Rome – The Birthday Concert” album
Schumann, Kreisleriana, Phantasien für das Pianoforte, Op. 16 (1838) consists of eight fantasies for solo piano. Schumann said that he composed it in only four days, perhaps when he was at the height of his romantic attraction to Clara Wieck, who would become his wife, and the concert pianist and composer Clara Schumann. However, he dedicated the work to fellow composer Frederick Chopin. Overall, the work is a tour de force of artistic brilliance, both in its technical mastery and in its emotional range. Here are performances by Cortot, Horowitz and Lupu.
- Poèmes érotiques, Op. 9
- Piano Sonata, Op. 11
- 3 Etudes, Op. 18
- For the First Time
- Symphonic Rhapsody, Op. 14
- Variations on a Theme of Youth
- Concerto da Camera for piano and string quartet (1917)
- Liszt, Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne (“What One Hears on the Mountain”) (“Bergsymphonie”) (Poème symphonique No. 1), S. 95 (1850)
- Schreker, Der Ferne Klang (The Distant Sound) (1911): a young woman challenges her lover to compose a great work of music – find the distant sound – before she will marry him. He succeeds.
- Robert Fuchs, Piano Sonata No. 1 in G-flat Major, Op. 19 (1877)
- Raga Jogeshwari (Jogeswari) is a Hindustani classical raag for evening performance, composed by Ravi Shankar (performances by Shankar, Ravichandran and Shahid Parvez Khan).
- Widor, Symphony No. 8 in B Major, Op. 42/4 (1887) (1901 edition)