“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Half of what I say is meaningless...

...but I say it so that the other half may reach you.


For me, it seems to be a time of picking up where I left off - restart guitar lessons, restart Freedom to Learn summary, restart doctorate proper. 

So, not exactly reasons to be cheerful, but the song my guitar teacher suggested to advance my picking technique - the only time that John Lennon played and sang unaccompanied on a Beatles track. And just achingly achingly beautiful. 

"I lost her twice," Lennon said. "Once as a five-year-old when I was moved in with my auntie. And once again when she actually physically died." 

So I sing a song of love...

2 comments:

  1. So you sing a song of love, hauntingly beautiful. Sounds like fresh starts for you Billy or as you say re-starts of what has been somewhat lost of late by the sound of it. Prompted by your words I went to Wiki and read:

    The line "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you" was a slight alteration from Kahlil Gibran's "Sand and Foam" (1926) in which the original verse reads, "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you". Lennon also adapted the lines "When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind" from Gibran's "When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind". Beautiful, thanks Billy for this mornings inspiration.

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  2. I honestly don't know, Kat - Paul remarked on my 'inner spring', too, so maybe something is going on... I have to say the 'reasons to be cheerful' idea keeps me referring to the things I do in the world and without it, it's very easy to forget about them, so I'm pleased that I found this idea, it kind of keeps my motivation moving along, gives me a real sense of achievement in small things. And thanks to you in turn for sharing "When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind" - so beautiful. I wonder what Kahlil Gibran says about Singer-Philosophers? :-)

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