Sunday, July 13, 2008

fields of gold

The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing.
John Clare born 13 july 1793 (d.1864) english peasant poet of the romantic school.

today is a day of sweet memory for me and others in my family. as long as I've been with f (over thirty years!), july 13th has been the kick-off of our july birthday-a-thon. it has been a little over a year since my mother-in-law died. today would be her 91st birthday. we find comfort knowing her spirit infuses our hearts and memory today and for all our days that come. I dedicate sting's beautiful song 'fields of gold' to mother wing.

sting is joined by i muvrini for this fanciful and moving rendition of 'fields of gold.' i muvrini is a band from the island of corsica.


photos: a field of sunflowers near wounded knee, south dakota, taken during e's and my great cross-country road trip, 1999; mother wing and one of her eleven beloved grandchildren, texas, 2004

14 comments:

dennis said...

Dennis would have sat in mother Wing's lap because she looks very nice. Dennis loves peoples like her.

jenclair said...

Happy July Birthday-a-thon! Love the video...

bitchlet said...

Bitchlet would have liked to have known her grandparents, but she was a little late, for all four of them.

R.L. Bourges said...

Happy Birthdays to all those you love.

re picture: I took the same yesterday on the way to Lavaur market! will find an excuse to post it one of these days :-)

re Sting and I muvrini: what a surprise! In exchange, another Corsican favorite of mine - Petru Guelfucci

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=X_A-4Ix48q8

amitiés graulhétoises.

tut-tut said...

What a lovely picture!

How do you find some of the music you include?

cbb said...

What a wonderful, open vibrant smile on your mother-in-law - it's a vision of how I hope we all age...

And I'm loving your July Birthday-a-thons. Every day is like a present and it isn't even MY birthday!

Thanks for the joy, as always...

Coffee Messiah said...

Touching all around.

And what a great vision beauty that field is! ; )

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dennis - you would have brought much pleasure to mother wing for sure. I wish she was here so you could sit in her lap!

jen - merci! when looking for I a vid for this song (which was the song I wanted to feature) was the first I saw it and LOVED it - happy to hear you enjoyed it also

b - it is a special gift some are given to be able to know grandparents, perhaps if you ever have a child (or children) she/he/they will be so blessed.

rlb - merci!! I look forward to seeing your picture... thank you for the vid. bises....

tut - thanks. re the music I have a tune in mind that corresponds with that I'm planning to post (or not correspond???) then I go to youtube to see if there's a rendition that I like, sometimes there isn't one (or the artist's recording company won't allow sharing - like with van morrison) if I strike out then I come up with another tune... it's all internal wiring regarding the music...

cbb - I'm so happy to learn that the birthday theme is bringing a bit of joy!! pray tell, when is your birth day? curious minds need to know.

coffee - muchas gracias...the field was breath taking! I wish it was a more common sight.

Gary said...

This post and the musical selection has left me feeling very relaxed. The sunflowers are so beautiful!

WAT said...

Mother Wing's photo is very moving as are your words about her. You're my definite B-day twin in that you display such strong emotion, empathy, and kindness! It really comes across in your writings/posts!

WE ARE CANCERS!

dennis said...

Dennis says he likes that theme thursday is HOME. all he does is stay happily Home.

Michael Rawluk said...

That shot of sunflowers is soooo good.

TheElementary said...

That picture is the best non-verbal companion to the song 'fields of gold' that I have ever seen. It is awesome. It should be on gigantic billboards instead of advertisements. Imagine seeing that on a roadsign twenty feet high as you drive along? It's just gorgeous. Wow. I'll have that in my head for a while.

Cergie said...

What a moving post ! I lost my young brother recently and posted some pictures on another blog i have of him and me when he was a baby. It was on last 15th of June the first anniversary when he was no more with us. He disappeared on the 30th of March. He was so young far from 90 years old. It was maybe the time for him to go. Is it a right time to go ? In fact he was ready...

I'll soon go and visit my aunt who is almost 90th years old in the North area of France, it will be next week. She is a nun, so she has no children, however instead she has blue eyes and was in the past blond haired, and I dark eyed and rather ginger-braun haired, everybody ever say that we are like twins, rather similar.

I know how she is tired. Today I telephoned to her, she said she is tired, and yet life is interresting for her, every day she has something to learn or to discover. Life is also important when you are 90 years old or 20.

I have noticed how the date are difficult to live for them who lost somebody : birthday date such as death date. This day the sadness is most important. It is important to remember though.

Thank you, Kimy for this memory.