Music and Wine

The Lute Player - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
The Lute Player - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio




If music be the food of love,

Then play on and bring all bells and harps

And sweet and dulcet flutes to me,

That I may listen to the sweetest tones my ear can hear.



Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - Bacchus
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - Bacchus




Yet your lips, my dearest love, speak sweeter sounds

Than any instrument can sing;

Their taste, the most delightful

Of wines that ever filled a cup,



Harvest - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Harvest - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio




And I must needs enjoy them while I may.

Lest you withdraw the flask and turn away.

Come! Let us drink our fill and drink once more;

Together sip and drain the draught from where it lies;




For on the morrow, rising with the sun,

Perchance your lips and blessed cheek

Be gone away… or worse, in time’s rough hand,

Be turned to sere and withered leaves before my eyes.

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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, it is finalmente and perhaps "finita la comedia".

Strangely, the day of your debut (the final one) coincided with my first Tango practice. In that discussion about Toronto being El Toro and me liking Tango, you suggested that I wasted no time going for Tango.

Today was the day - it felt ... oh, ... I wish I was tanguera my whole life.

I wish we could drink to that - but I cannot - I suffer from migraines lately.

You wrote a beautiful poem and you made an exquisite presentation and I don't have to remind you why it is special for me.

"If music be the food of love"

Music is indeed Love for me -

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Great comment, Svetlana. I love it when you comment so well.

A friend of mine was just passing as I opened it earlier, and I pointed it out (Your comment,; not the hub) and she said something like, "Intelligent person, and she quotes Nietzsche correctly, with the correct relevance".

I love the idea of you doing the Tango. If you could get a chance, watch one of my favourite film, Evita, with Madonna and Antonio Benderas. The Tango sequences are stunning. They look so earthy, so visceral, so genuine.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, you are too kind. There is nothing special in my comment. In fact, I do dislike my writings lately - I think they "scream" for improvement. And the quote - when I first read it - I realized I would never be able to forget it.

There is a song that I like - it is Salsa or at least there is a Salsa version - more likely than not originally it was not Salsa, it sounds very dramatic. Of course, not knowing the name is really helpful in finding it.

So it tried to find it - but without success. There was a similar story with the song "Ahora Quien?" / "Now Who?" by Marc Anthony. I told the story to the guy who was dancing to the song that I was looking for. So, since we did not find "my" song, I asked him whether he knew "Ahora Quien". He said he did not listen to Marc Anthony out of principle. What principle would be that? "The guy is full of ego". It is a very good song - ego or no ego, what it had to do with that?

So, the resume. The dancer does not understand Spanish (understandable enough), but music does not move him at all. I looked at him as if he lacked something important in his life. How can you remain indifferent to such emotions?

To me it is such coldness.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Some day (unless it exists already) there will be a program on the internet whereby one taps out a simple tune on a cuber keyboard and the Google algorithm (or whatever they want t to call it, will be able to recognise the tune immediately and take you to it. I just think you would need to know the basics of time and not whack out a string of crotchets with no breaks, and you will have your elusive tune at your eardrums; if not your fingertips.

I know what you mean about people who cannot relate to music, and aren't moved by it. they are the losers. It must be a very monochrome existence, aurally.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Losers... I don't know...

The song, if I ever find it (I will), I will send it to you. We finished the lesson yesterday and it was the first time I was at that studio and the song (the one I was looking for) was playing - so I started moving around a bit and one of the guys asked "Would you like to dance?"

It was so unexpected - to dance in a studio, full of light - in contrast to a club - where everything is dimly lit - and we were dancing and he was singing. I should have asked him - the Mexican one, but I was somewhat disoriented.

Did he want to dance because he wanted? Or because he wanted to be a gentleman?

The more songs I know, the more keep coming up...

And you can never repeat it too many times -

music is the food of love,

Music is love. Music is Love.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And without being trite, Love is Music.


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KKalmes 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Thank you, my dear Ian... thank you!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Kevin, I thought about you today when I went to Surrey University to take my friend back after the weekend, and passed the BBC film studios. They are always closed when I go, as it is the weekend, usually, But apparently they are part of the Department (or School) of the Performing Arts, and off limits for the Hoi Poloi. So my little plan came to nought.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Beautiful poem..gentle and sweet..I loved it.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hi Sunnie. I thought you had read everything I have written. This was a poem that just happened to take a life of its own one evening when Svetlana and I had been discussing something. I liked it and thought it would be nice as a hub. But the dreaded Hub Police said I had plagiarised it and "Unpublished it". Their reason is because it had appeared in the comment box between me and Svetlana. Grrr!

It took a couple of weeks for them to let me publish it as a hub.

Glad you liked it.

Ian


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Very nice, very nice indeed!

MM


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Maggie-May. if you had realise the trauma and drama went into the "publishing" of that one you would have said. "Give it a rest. Move on." but stubborn is my middle name and... Oops! My middle name is Hugh. Never mind; you get my drift.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, I came back to this hub because of the new comments, and I noticed that I was talking about my liking a song and my agony of not being able to find it.

I don't remember if I told you, but I found it soon enough. Ironically, it is another by Marc Anthony (yes, the one full of ego) and it is call "It was worth it".

I hope the trouble you went through with this hub was "worth it".

I am not going to send you a song because you have trouble opening them, I will just give you the name and if you ever have a chance to listen, you will hear the emotion even without understanding lyrics.

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"Valió La Pena" by Marc Anthony

Looking into your eyes my why's are answered.

I become inspired by your words and my home is on your skin.

What tender love, my devotion, you came to be my religion,

My sweet emotion,

I regret nothing.

Refrain:

It was worth it, what was necessary to be with you, my love.

You are a blessing.

The hours and the life by your side, girl,

Are there to be lived but by your way.

Congratulations,

Because it was worth it, it was worth it...

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