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Poetry Friday: That Music Always Round Me by Walt Whitman

September 4th, 2015 (07:07 am)
artistic

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: The X-Files score music by Mark Snow

That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning - yet long untaught I did not hear;
But now the chorus I hear, and am elated;
A tenor, strong, ascending, with power and health, with glad notes of day-break I hear,
A soprano, at intervals, sailing buoyantly over the tops of immense waves,
A transparent bass, shuddering lusciously under and through the universe,
The triumphant tutti - the funeral wailings, with sweet flutes and violins - all these I fill myself with;
I hear not the volumes of sound merely - I am moved by the exquisite meanings,
I listen to the different voices winding in and out, striving, contending with fiery vehemence to excel each other in emotion;
I do not think the performers know themselves - but now I think I begin to know them.

- That Music Always Round Me by Walt Whitman

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Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)

I've never read this poem, and it fills the orchestra, doesn't it? I wonder if someone has set it to music, 'those different voices winding in and out." Lovely to read and imagine.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)

I found this arrangement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eAvkVlFwL0

Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: September 4th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)

Thanks, it's lovely. I rather thought there would be something. Thanks!

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: September 5th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)

A perfect description of the way voices weave together in song!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 5th, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC)

Tapestry!

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