Month: Sep 2020

The Transformed Heart is not Controlled by Human Laws

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📕 MAYBE PEOPLE MORE READILY READ 📘 these text-based images than full-blown articles. It’s fun to put them together. Believe me, I could have written a massively longer article on this gorgeous subject. But, for now, here’s the soundbite precis of it… 🙏

Can One Fall in Love With Someone One Has Never Met? [Short Story]

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IT IS THE YEAR 1849. Harold Thimbleby was the owner of a little bookshop called “The Ardent Bookworm”, which nestled itself in a tiny ginnel in the city of London. One day, he received a letter from a Miss Elizabeth Jane Hargreaves of Liverpool asking if he stocked a certain edition of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”. It is a straightforward letter of request, such as he had received many times before. But as he reached the foot of the page, something about her signature caught his eye. Not only did the flourish of the final “s” tell him that the writer is left-handed but also the entire tenor of the letter — listening to the music behind her words and closely observing her style of writing — seemed to imply a certain delicate yearning which spoke deeply to his soul. As he took up his plume to pen his usual reply to corresponding clients, his head was strangely spinning, and an unmistakable feeling of impending destiny took hold of him. The entire incident was thickly swathed in déjà vu. He affirmed to her that he did indeed have the book while, at the same time, he took the liberty to (as he put it) “also recommend another book by a certain Ellis Bell, entitled ‘Wuthering Heights’, which will enable the perfect fulfilment of the longing expressed in your letter of request to me”.

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Two-Faced Man [new song video]

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🎼 LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #58: “Two-Faced Man” 🎼 A driving ‘song of conscience’ dedicated to all politicians everywhere. This is ostensibly a new song, though it has been lying unfinished in a ‘drawer’ for more than 15 years and is now complete — having had a number of verses added, many bits changed, and an arrangement made for it. I say more about it in the introduction in the video. Here are the lyrics:

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Ernest Bloch’s Engrossing Concerto Grosso #1

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I’LL TELL YOU A STRANGE THING about this unjustly unknown but brilliant piece of music: Since I first heard it in the 1980s, hardly a day has gone by without some part of it (most often the driving last movement) just popping into my head out of nowhere. Why this should happen, I do not know, apart from the fact that this is the work of true art — to become absorbed into the soul of its witness. And this is what has happened to me in relation to this short work of genius. It fills me with encouragement.

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