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Wed, May. 11th, 2005 06:53 pm
Searching for the Right Words...

Today is another day, I suppose. Went to work, talked to my professor, came home, ate a sandwich, and watched The Incredibles. Overall, nothing exciting to report.

However, in this monotony, I managed to come up with a fairly potent phrase for promoting humility: "You are not the measure of the universe." Chances are, it probably only would work on me, but just in case anyone else needed a reminder, I thought I'd throw that out for you.

I could've have sworn there was something else I wanted to talk about, but I'm not finding it just yet. Meh, I'll just talk about my plans for the rest of the week until I remember...

I'm considering going to "Empire" tomorrow night, but that will mostly depend on if I can find someone else who'd be willing to go and is available for that time. Then, either on Friday or Saturday, I'll go to a PSU choir concert thing... but I'm waiting on fedupgirl for the information about that one...

I checked out Benjamin Britten's War Requiem from the library (where I'll be working over the summer) and so far, it's pretty powerful. I started listening to it at work, but I had to stop when my shift was over. I'm going to listen to it sometime either tonight or later this week.

Anyway, the idea of the War Requiem is that it was written after WWII for a British tenor, Peter Pears; a German baritone, the one and only Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; and a Russian soprano, Galina Vishnevskaya. It was written for the rededication of the tragically destroyed Coventry cathedral, which was hit by a V2 bomb, while thousands of refugees were taking shelter. Britten uses the full Requiem text, along with stinging and very powerful poetry written by Wilfred Owen. One of the lines he uses quotes as follows: "I am the enemy you killed, my friend."

Here's another excerpt:

"Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death:
Sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland, -
Pardoned his spilling mess - tins in our hand.

We've sniffed the green thick odour of his breath, -

Our eyes wept, but our courage didn't writhe.
He's spat at us with bullets and he's coughed
Shrapnel. We chorused when he sang aloft;

We whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.
Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with, old chum.

No soldies's paid to kick against his powers.

We laughed , knowing that better men would come,

And greater wars; when each proud fighter brags

He wars on Death - for Life; not men - for flags."

I'm not sure you could ever drive home a point better than that. Coupled with the music itself, it's hard to walk away untouched. I look forward to and dread hearing the rest, at the same time, as it's bound only to be much stronger as it goes along. However, I don't think anyone should their entire lives goes without encountering this piece. At the very least, for the sake of future peace...

Hmm... whatever it was that I was going to talk about, it's long gone now... oh, well...

Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: "War Requiem" -Benjamin Britten

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fedupgirl
Fedupgirl
Thu, May. 12th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)

done and done.


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abadoss
abadoss
Kenneth Edward Keyn
Thu, May. 12th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)

Cool. Thanks. :)


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