Archive for August, 2022

A Prayer to Counter Environmental Degradation

The news that our seas and rivers are being totally contaminated by the detritus approved by a Government seeking to cut corners and award corporate greed is not to my liking. So I wrote this prayer:

We pray for the missing thought
The lost particle of caring
That must be found
And will be found…
Because we pray
With all our hearts…

We pray that this newfound particle of caring
Restores our air, our water, our earth,
Returning them to health
Our animals, fish, insects, plankton and people
So that it comes to be
Because we have prayed
With all our hearts, our minds and souls

We pray for an end to the power of the self-serving 
For connection, peace and healing in a ravaged land:
May kindness and the wisdom of nature prevail
So that in the light of life and love
We witness the return of trees and plants
Birds, fish and wild animals
That come to be
In this place and beyond
Because we have prayed… then and now
With all our hearts, our minds and souls

And we offer up thanks,
Together and together
Knowing that our prayers will be answered

The garden of light and love
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The Great Eliane Elias Carries me into Summer

One of the saddest things about Brexit is that we will have fewer and fewer skilled musicians coming to this country. Whether this applies to EU musicians only, I don’t know, but I am told that it will affect performers world-wide as to whether they feel welcome here, or can navigate their way around the UK’s idiotic visas and silly paperwork. 

I cannot help notice that my favourite jazz pianist, composer and singer – Eliane Elias – visits the UK measurably less than other bits of Europe, and right now I don’t think she is even moving outside the US. Resident in the US and born in Brazil, she brings a magical, mellifluous brilliance to jazz piano. Her technique is perfect. Her compositions are sublime. Listening to her is always a pleasure, and in the summer the Brazilian harmonies seem particularly resonant.

In the extraordinary heat of this summer, the song that is haunting me is  Kissed by Nature. Made in 2002, it’s jazz hymn to the beauty of nature, captured in an album that just takes you to Brazil and back again. At a time when we are so insecure about the environment and the horrors of global warming it is so perfect to be serenaded about the beauty of nature itself…

“Sea and sand and stone, nature’s watching you and I alone; kissed by the sun… touched by the stars…”   

Sentiment apart… this has to be the most sublime of summer sounds… Kissed by Nature

The Roof Terrace… Definitely Kissed by Nature
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