Pieces of Today, October 29th

#1. Matthew Perryman-Jones singing O Theo, slow and soulful — the song is based on Van Gogh’s letters to his brother and it strikes me as a far more honest and more meaningful take on Vincent’s legacy than Don McLean’s more well-known Vincent (Starry Starry Night).

#2. Fast watercolor sketches:

Having Decided To Stay, Bryana Johnson, 1 Tim 6:11, Bamboo
#3. W.S. Merwin’s grandiose hymn to gratitude:

THANKS

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

(W.S. Merwin)

3 thoughts on “Pieces of Today, October 29th

    1. Well, the only album of his that I have is The Land of The Living. I do like it, but O Theo is probably my favorite song on the album, so if you don’t like that you might not be thrilled with the rest of the songs on the album.

      Are you familiar with Josh Garrels? Because he far outdoes MPJ, in my opinion. He is a master contemporary songwriter, as original as they come (without straying into postmodernism and dada-istic latitudes :)

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