'I want to go to the jungle right this minute (sooner if possible),'
says a friend in California who is 'chomping at the bit to go on an ecoadventure.'
She asks me if I've ever been to Costa Rica. No, but a children's wildlife
group I helped run once raised enough money to buy several acres of rain
forest for conservation.
But another friend, Joy Rothke, who lives in
Costa Rica, says that she is soon 'returning to the States permanently'.
She explains that she's 'not a tropical person', but likes' grey and misty
She says she's 'happy to be returning to the land of libraries and bookshops,
museums, art supply stores...and English!'
She's heading for California, and taking her sketchbook with her. Someday
all my friends might find themselves exactly where they want
to be. And I hope you do too.
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.
'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
'Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of “me”,
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.
Joseph Brackett, Jr., 1848
Copland at Leeds
can't think of the Shaker work song without thinking of Aaron
Copland (1900-1990). I drew him energetically
conducting his own work at the Leeds Music Festival - here in grey
and misty Yorkshire - on Saturday 16th October 1976.
'I'm glad you've drawn him,' said the woman sitting next to me,
'he's like a great grasshopper in that tailcoat, isn't he?!'
According to the programme, which fell out of an LP sleeve recently,
he conducted In the Beginning, the Suite from The Tender
Land (which features Simple Gifts) and two songs,
The Promise of Living and Stomp your Foot.
can't stow away memories like that in a CD sleeve can you? And certainly
not with an MP3.
Richard Bell, email@example.com