Category: Music

Spring to Summer

So much green, seems to be a good year for the spruce tree near the ash tree stump and hosta plants, and the seawall by Lake Michigan.

It is interesting to look at the overall designs for music CDs and print books. So many ways to create. The editors and publishers support and help the writers, and all are artists. I read a few more credits, consider the sequence of songs and/or poems, and the works as a whole. How was this achieved? Can take some time to begin to learn a new work by a favorite artist. And always learning, always grateful.

Music Note

HELEN JANE LONG Live at St James’s London is a beautiful concert (BLE Records, United Kingdom). The music was composed and arranged by Helen Jane Long, and performed by Helen Jane Long and The London Players in 2015. I had not listened for a time, so the music is both familiar and new.

weight of books

weight of books
on shelves
by my computer
today we arrange
in a new way

Joni Mitchell – Morning Glory On The Vine
used and new books
novels, poetry, and memoirs
books about craft
all in place again

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019. She wrote a forward in May 2019.

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WordPrompt: Bridge 2

This post follows my post March WordPrompt: Bridge, from March 9, 2022.

I am listening to Spellbound, by Judy Collins (2022, Cleopatra Records). Beautiful.

And I think about how music builds bridges in so many ways. People and places. Also over times in a person’s life.

I listen to many artists, and their voices and poems are a part of life and memory and new hope. Voices may change. Some are no longer with us on earth. Creative work changes. And then to create in new ways – for example Joni Mitchell and her work with her archives. How hard they all work, over decades. So grateful.

In past posts, I have written about how poetry began for me with church and the Psalms. Then the artists and music. The Psalms continue as well – and now my new Bible with larger print, and new reading glasses. One day at a time, prayers for peace.

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summer views

summer views
flowers on both sides
of the windows

Perhaps inspired by Joni Mitchell’s classic song, Both Sides Now. I am listening to Joni Mitchell The Reprise Albums (1968 – 1971). You can learn more about the Joni Mitchell Archives from the Joni Mitchell Official Website.

Both Sides Now is from Clouds, and other albums by Joni Mitchell.

Creative Notes: I wrote the poem for this post today. Poetry began for me earlier than I can remember, when I was growing up in a Lutheran church. I loved the Psalms, liturgy, and hymns.

Joni Mitchell’s Reprise Albums (1968 – 1971) go back to junior and senior high school years for me. I am grateful that Joni feels able to work on her archive series, and to all who help make this work possible.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger