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Making a song and dance


‘Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.’

East Coker, T S Eliot

I have always loved this couplet of Eliot’s because it suggests so much while apparently simply offering hope.  There’s a sense of an inextinguishable current of beliefs and rituals running through it, powerful and natural.  Time to celebrate: we have come through. Time to allow optimism to override the distractions of thought. The old English song below tells how the annual alchemy is performed, replacing obscurity and exhaustion with enlightenment and renewal. This version of Holst’s setting is the best I’ve heard, and was recorded in the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford, in April 2009 by The Blenheim Singers.  Here is a profound expression of joy in all its playfulness and intent seriousness, where individuality merges with the collective without losing its singularity: just like a superb choir, in fact.  Bravo, bravissimo, Tom Hammond-Davies and the Blenheim Singers! [How I’d love to hear you sing Finzi …]

  1. 29/04/2011 09:37

    Ah isn’t that but gorgeous. Thank you!

    • Minnie permalink
      29/04/2011 10:00

      Vanessa: ‘gorgeous’ it is! So glad you enjoyed it, too.

  2. 02/05/2011 12:07

    Both joyous and haunting, a perfect choice to open my morning with – thanks for bringing it to me!

    • Minnie permalink
      02/05/2011 12:19

      Shrinky: absolutely – and my pleasure to share it.

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