Thursday, November 26, 2009

simple gifts

Those who have much are often greedy, those who have little always share.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) poet, novelist, dramatist and critic

may the spirit of thanks and giving infuse our very essence today and every day.

when I was thinking of the song to accompany this photo which captures one homeless fellow sharing a sandwich with another, I immediately thought of simple gifts. this song is one of my absolute favorite songs. the song was written in the mid 1800s by elder joseph brackett a member of united society of believers in christ’s second appearing (also known as the shakers). sometimes considered a hymn and other times it is viewed as a work song, for me this is simply a life song. it is one of the few songs that I never mind having stuck in my head. the song can make me smile and sometimes it brings me to tears - just like life. for that I give thanks.

the song was little known for the first 100 years after it was written until aaron copeland incorporated it into his score for the ballet appalachian spring. on youtube there are quite a few versions of the song, I was interested in finding a vid of the piece as performed by yo-yo ma and sung by alison krauss. lo and behold, what do I find but a vid with a beautiful photo montage that was done by no other than our beloved roy of roy's world! what a gift! I hope roy doesn't mind sharing his gorgeous creation, I found it simply the best of the lot! thank you joseph, aaron, yo-yo, alison, and roy





False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.

Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) politician and philosopher

11 comments:

Roy said...

Gee, I recognize that video! I'm glad you liked it enough to use it. Have a good Thanksgiving.

Ronda Laveen said...

The seamless synchronicity of spirit that guided you to search for that particular version of the song that led you to Roy's piece is undeniable. Inspired.

Thanks to you both this is truly a Thanksgiving gift!

Merle Sneed said...

Beautiful work Roy. Thans Kim!

Steve said...

Beautiful video and song! We all need constant reminders that happiness is found in simplicity! I'd be happy to see you when you come to NYC, Kim -- let me know. :)

Candie Bracci said...

That post was wonderful!Thanks for sharing.

Baino said...

Lovely.

Megan said...

Marvelous!

Reya Mellicker said...

This is so so beautiful! Love the image, of course. Union Station is one of my favorite places in DC, and that incredible generosity - wow!

And the song. It's so beautiful.

lettuce said...

that Oscar Wilde, what a guy

he hit this one on the head

Bee said...

I grew up singing that tune to a song called "Lord of the Dance." (Is this just a Presbyterian hymn? I'm not sure.) I think that this is the first time I've heard the original words, and I do find them much more beautiful . . . especially when sung by Allison Kraus's crystalline voice and with the accompaniment of Yo Yo Ma. The video was so beautifully done.

A very good choice for sharing! Thank you.

Colette Amelia said...

Wow that was a great catchup! Thanks to you I always leave here feeling a little more knowledgable, a little more content, and a whole lot more inspired!