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Why DUKE ELLINGTON Today?


Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” and “Sophisticated Lady.” He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More… Discuss

Track List:
1. “Stompy Jones” (Duke Ellington) 0.00
2. “Just Squeeze Me” (Fats Waller, Clarence Williams) 
6:41
3. “Big Shoe” (Jimmy Hamilton) 11:20
4. “Going Up” (D. Ellington)  16:58
5.”Just a Memory” (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson21:48
6. “Let’s Fall in Love” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 27:43
7. “Ruint” (Mercer Ellington, Johnny Hodges34:32
8. “Bend One” (Hodges) 37:07
9. “You Need to Rock” (Hodges) 40:07

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Today’s Birthday: ELLA WHEELER WILCOX (1850)


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850)

When her Poems of Passion was published in 1883, Wheeler gained notoriety for writing “immoral” poetry. Her subsequent works showed a marked change in content, focusing on temperance, religion, and sentimental, inspirational verse. Her best known poem is “Solitude,” which earned her five dollars when it was published in an 1883 issue of the New York Sun. It famously opens, “Laugh and the world laughs with you / Weep and you weep alone.” What inspired her to write these lines?More… Discuss
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Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it’s mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
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Quotation: Kate Chopin about “the voice of the sea”


The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904) Discuss

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on Solitude


While solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Salvatore Adamo – Tombe la neige


Tombe la neige
Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Tombe la neige
Et mon cœur s´habille de noir
Ce soyeux cortège
Tout en larmes blanches
L´oiseau sur la branche
Pleure le sortilège

Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Me crie mon désespoir
Mais tombe la neige
Impassible manège

Tombe la neige
Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Tombe la neige
Tout est blanc de désespoir
Triste certitude
Le froid et l´absence
Cet odieux silence
Blanche solitude

Tu ne viendras pas ce soir
Me crie mon désespoir
Mais tombe la neige
Impassible manège                  (find more lyrics  Here)

Georges Moustaki Ma Solitude


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Pour avoir si souvent dormi
Avec ma solitude
Je m’en suis faite presque une amie
Une douce habitude

Elle ne me quitte pas d’un pas
Fidèle comme une ombre
Elle m’a suivi çà et là
Aux quatres coins du monde

Non, je ne suis jamais seul
Avec ma solitude

Quand elle est au creux de mon lit
Elle prend toute la place
Et nous passons de longues nuits
Tous les deux face à face

Je ne sais vraiment pas jusqu’où
Ira cette complice
Faudra-t-il que j’y prenne goût
Ou, que je réagisse ?

Non, je ne suis jamais seul
Avec ma solitude

Par elle, j’ai autant appris
Que j’ai versé de larmes
Si parfois je la répudie
Jamais elle ne désarme

Et, si je préférais l’amour
D’une autre courtisane
Elle sera à mon dernier jour
Ma dernière compagne

Non, je ne suis jamais seul
Avec ma solitude
Non, je ne suis jamais seul
Avec ma solitude

Leonard Cohen: “The Letters” (The music of words, the words in sounds: listen to it , unveil its mystery)!


“The Letters” (Leonard Cohen)

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who’s coming next.

Quotation of the Day: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) – On human as social being


 

I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss