This is a follow-up to previous post, Why I Haven’t Been Posting Lately, wherein I lamented having to deal with 20th century composer Roger Sessions’ musical setting of Walt Whitman’s poetic elegy for Abraham Lincoln, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” Sessions is a notoriously difficult composer of atonal music, and in my panic at making a presentation for class this past Monday, I appealed for help from blogging friends.
Well, friends — this is actually the triumphant conclusion, thanks to your help! Comments — from Tobias, from My Bright Life, from Rebekah — were able to jog me loose from my fears, and allow me to begin listening in a whole new way. I listened with new ears — and thanks to the insights generated by each of you. I heard amazing new things, and was able to convey them to fellow classmates. After the introduction you could have heard a pin drop during the playing of Sessions’ cantata, and the person most moved by its end, as it faded away into dimness and silence, was me.
A thousand thanks to you all! Another miracle of blogging —