musicology #183

soulsearching #5

(Dinah Washington – Am I Asking Too Much)

penultimate cut of the soulsearching which, to be honest feels like it has been a piece disjointed and not quite how I imagined it. still…”The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” to quote a, (much used by me), line from Rabbie Burns’s 1785 poem ‘To A Mouse’

But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear

which, apoun reading inspired author John Steinbeck to change the name of his book from ‘Something That Happened’ to ‘Of Mice And Men’

anyway back to the music with a 1947 slice of the downbeat pie. this one shouldnt need any explanation and is as plain as the nose on my face. I’m trying hard to ‘Tame The Bull’ but at the moment it feels like an uphill climb to the bottom. if your ‘companion’ is treating you like dirt on the ground then you know how it feels, if not…then good luck to you.


6 thoughts on “musicology #183

  1. where would music and indeed poetry be without unrequited love….her voice is sublime and never fails to tug the heart strings.


  2. On love and uphill climbs to the bottom…..

    “Then must you speak of one that loved not wisely but too well”.
    Shakespeare. Othello.

    or (a puzzler).

    “Love, a child, is ever crying:
    Please her and she straight is flying,
    Give her, she the more is craving,
    Never satisfied with having”.

    or (one of my favorites).

    “Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves”.
    Oliver Goldsmith. The Good-Natured Man. (he was having a laugh with that title…. wasn’t he??)

    As for Ms. Washington… yes, a sublime voice. But, according to reports, a very difficult person on stage or in the studio… better said… a real bitch.

    O.K. That was a bit strong. Sorry! Just goes to show how gossip/rumours (or worse, mischief) repeated often enough become so called “facts”. It’s like the old saying goes…. “History is written by the victors”.

    P.S. Nice to be back for a while.


  3. “Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves”.

    agree that true ‘friendship’ is based on equality…but, speaking personally, there is also a whole lot a love mixed in. I am blessed to have such relationships and I treasure and value them deeply so I’m not sure about ‘Love being an intercourse between tyrants and slaves’ ?

    like all ‘words’ definition is a key to understanding and as such the limits of language seem to be present all too often when trying to communicate feelings..Love can not alone be spoken…it also needs to be felt.

    Dinah Washington is an example..the words to the songs are good, (sometimes great), but without the feeling they wouldn’t communicate half the message.

    nice discourse though…thanks

    p.s who the f**k is Oliver Goldsmith?


  4. An 18th. century, Anglo-Irish born, word-smith who, among other things, has a school (collage?) in London named after him.


  5. I think the “tyrants and slaves” he speaks of are self-inflicted… Love does that to people (as a guide to my meanderings see the opening quote).
    Whatever, I couldn’t agree more with you that words are useless in love. Actually, not only are they unnecessary…. they’re detrimental.


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