Wednesday, December 21, 2011

lord of the dance

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

William Blake (1757–1827) poet and artist

happy winter solstice! the shortest day and longest night of the year - at least in the northern hemisphere. depending on where you live solstice officially happens either today or tomorrow - here in on the north coast solstice occurs at 12:30 a.m. on the 22nd; on the west coast solstice occurs at 9:30 p.m. on the 21st.

today in cleveland the sun rose at 7:50 a.m. and is to set at 5:00 p.m - this gives us 9 hours and 10 minutes of daylight; in washington dc the sunrise was at 7:23 and sunset 4:49 - 9 hours and 26 minutes of daylight. i have a friend who lives in ambler, alaska (when i mail her a package the zip code pops up as 'north pole' - which never fails to tickle me, especially this time of year!) curious mouse that i am wondered how much daylight jo will have today, so i checked with accuweather - geez today ambler gets a whooping 1 hour and 33 minutes of daylight - sunrise is 12:54 p.m. and sunset 2:27 p.m!

latitude and longitude sure make a difference. curious about sunrise and sunset around the world - one of my favorite to go places is

we had our first real snow this weekend. the snow's gone now and there's little chance it will be a white christmas. today is downright balmy - the forecast calls for rain and temperatures in the high 50s! oh well - it does what it does!

the dubliners performing the song lord of the dance - the song was written in the 1960s by english poet and songwriter sydney carter. the song may seem like a traditional carol, and this is not at all surprising as it is an adaptation of joseph brackett's 1848 shaker dancing song simple gifts. carter states that the song is a tribute to shaker music and that the words were inspired by jesus and a statue of shiva of nataraja.

I see Christ as the incarnation of the piper who is calling us. He dances that shape and pattern which is at the heart of our reality. By Christ I mean not only Jesus; in other times and places, other planets, there may be other Lords of the Dance. But Jesus is the one I know of first and best. I sing of the dancing pattern in the life and words of Jesus.

...Their hymns were odd, but sometimes of great beauty: from one of these (Simple Gifts) I adapted this melody. I could have written another for the words of 'Lord of the Dance' (some people have), but this was so appropriate that it seemed a waste of time to do so. Also, I wanted to salute the Shakers.
Sometimes, for a change I sing the whole song in the present tense. 'I dance in the morning when the world is begun...'. It's worth a try".
(green print for song, 1974)

today is wall wednesday

photos: wall on the side of a nightclub in cleveland; george the gargoyle, casa mouse, 17 december 2011


Rubye Jack said...

Happy Solstice!
I bookmarked the time and date site. Thanks.
Looks like the gargoyle guy got some snow. :)

tony said...

Have A Groovy Winter Solstice!

Watson said...

wonderful image, dear mouse, and one of my favourite songs! I've noticed that darkness is just a tad later and morning light a wee bit earlier here. Happy Solstice to you.

Kate Hanley said...

I love that song and that version is great. I hate when they ruin it in a church service and make it slow. It's supposed to be joyful. Happy Solstice!

Roy said...

Heh, heh! Love the elf hat on the gargoyle! Have a great Solstice!

California Girl said...

Happy New Year kimy! Hope 2012 brings you health, happiness and peace.

Alan Burnett said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Kim and that 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family.