Posts Tagged ‘things I like’


Gershwin’s Summertime

March 12, 2008

I’ve had the house to myself these last two days and actually managed to be fairly productive during that time. Research is going well for my latest essay and I’ve managed to write quite a bit. Not only that but THE HOUSE IS TIDY!!!!!

By eight o’clock last night I was ready to sit with my feet up. What I really wanted was a chilled glass of Chardonnay, what I got was a glass of Irn Bru and a packet of crisps!  I should’ve been more organised.

Anyway! What I’m trying to get round to is that I ended up watching Michael Parkinson’s last show (again) when he put together his best interviews since the 70s. Some are smart, some funny, some beautiful, some gifted beyond measure and some oozing so much charisma that you’re left speechless.

Here’s Larry Adler and Itzhak Perlman performing Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’. It’s perfection.



a labyrinth

February 2, 2008

Journeying into Lent I followed a star …

I was surprised by the sense of journeying and anticipation I felt as I followed the weaving path to the various stations.  It was not difficult for me to give way to the peace and quietness I’d sought over the previous few weeks, it was more appreciated than you’ll ever know.  The solitude of the journey was only enhanced as I listened to music and words on the mp3 player and for the first time in a while I reflected on my journey with God.

I held back as I approached the final station.  I’m not sure if this was because I was being drawn into God’s presence in this place or if it was simply because it was the last stop and I knew I’d be going back into the bustle and noise and chatter of the world.  Maybe it was both.

Going home by a different route meant going out of the warm building into the dark and cold. As a visitor I was unfamiliar with the church and its surroundings so felt more than a little uncomfortable as I didn’t know where I was going. I’m a creature of habit you see, like to be prepared for all eventualities.  Organised and planned.  But life’s never as straightforward as that is it?  For often we are confronted with situations that require us to deviate from our ‘norm’.  It’s not always easy is it and the excuses are many: don’t have the time or the time’s not right; not prepared; not ready; feeling uncomfortable; don’t like it; don’t want to. 

It may have been better if I’d decided not to go.  Tuesday’s exam was pressing and time for revision was limited.  I needed more time for goodness sake.  But I’d promised I’d attend and felt torn between my promise and what seemed like my priority.  As it turned out my priorities were all wrong and I benefited more from taking some time out and sitting in the stillness with God.

Different routes can be scary, exciting, challenging … very seldom dull and definitely always worthwhile!