by Dan
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Bach - "Aria da capo (from Goldberg Variations) played by Glenn Gould"

Under the thick blanket of rain, not still falling but all fallen, resting in heavy dollops over everything, slightly dripping, I hear a sound. It's distant, different, haunting. I squint my senses and listen closer, my face scrunched in search of recognition. A wind, some traffic, a flaw in life's recording. No, this is something else. I think it's a voice. A voice so buried, so hidden, that it speaks a certain kind of truth, a truth you only get when really no one's looking. I hear it moan and sway and rise and yawn, it's grey and wet and cloudy, lasting only as long as this day.


(image source, I forget, I'm sorry)

Posted by Dan at April 21, 2009 1:57 PM


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Posted by Johannes Schygge at April 21, 2009 4:40 PM

thanks for posting this. it's really pretty perfect for my mood right now.

p.s. - that Jangle whatever is not perfect for my mood, or any mood for that matter.

Posted by matthew at April 22, 2009 2:18 AM

Gould and Bach....peerless

Posted by the drumless drum at April 22, 2009 1:13 PM

i have read your blog for quite some time, three or four years now, and it always brightens my day. this is the first time i have commented-this post made me feel so compelled to thank you for you lovely, lovely words and the beautiful, beautiful songs you share. i have turned ordinary moments into truly magical ones because of songs from your blog. you always brighten my day. so i thank you.

don't ever think you guys aren't doing something amazing.
you are.
one song and a handful of words at a time.


Posted by jessica at April 24, 2009 8:58 PM

thank god you posted the '82 recordings, if this had been the '55 I would have been so, so annoyed. Not that the '55 are bad, far from it, but this photo suits the '82 so much more, and they are honestly my favourite of the two....
thanks Dan!

Posted by kit Malo at May 6, 2009 5:46 PM

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