Monday, July 28, 2014

There's A Kind Of A Hush ...

There's A Kind Of Hush, Herman's Hermits

... the only sound you heard when I whispered in your ear ... "I will love you forever and ever."


I feel really good tonight.  Earlier today I sorted out Virginia Woolf's The Waves. I posted at my literature site:
Virginia Woolf remains my favorite author, or perhaps better said, the author that is most important for me.

I have transcribed -- completely, word for word -- two of her novels: Mrs Dalloway and The Waves. In transcribing Mrs Dalloway I discovered on my own that it was a "prose poem," something I did not know existed until then, and then discovered I had "re-invented the wheel," as they say. Having said that, it was one of the best "literature" things I have ever done, transcribing Mrs Dalloway in free verse.

I transcribed The Waves for a number of reasons. It is perhaps the most difficult to follow, and yet it is considered by many to be her best novel. In addition, closer to home, a close family friend, Ellen, considers it her favorite novel.

Mostly because I could not understand it, I transcribed The Waves.

Today I added the following to that transcription:
Perhaps somewhere else I tried to correlate the Greek party-goers and the characters in The Waves with Virginia Woolf’s circle, but if I did not, a couple of thoughts:
Jinny: serial lover of men, can only be Nessa, (Vanessa, Virginia’s sister; who had at least three lovers)
Percival: can only be Thoby; a he-man who died falling off a horse; Virginia worshipped her brother Thoby
Neville: homosexual; could only be Clive Bell, Nessa’s husband
Susan: possibly Virginia – Jinny’s life partner through extension of Greek counterparts
Socrates: could Virginia’s husband Leonard Woolf be Socrates?
Bernard is the storyteller in The Waves which is most likely Lytton Strachey. From wiki: he is best known for establishing a new form of biography in which psychological insight and sympathy are combined with irreverence and wit. His biography Queen Victoria (1921) was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was perhaps best known for his Eminent Victorians.
Rhoda is the youngest; I can’t think of a third woman in Virginia Woolf's circle; it was just Virginia and Vanessa, and many men: Leslie, Thoby, Adrian, Clive, Duncan Grant, Lytton Strachey. Roger Fry was also one of Vanessa’s lovers – she had at least three lovers: Clive, whom she married; Duncan Grant, whom she probably loved most, if I remember correctly; and, Roger Fry. There were several women in the group, but less well-known: Dora Carrington, Angelica Garnett, Julia Strachey, Molly (Mary) MacCarthy, Lydia Lopokova. Based on the linked essay below, Rhoda was most liked modeled after Mary MacCarthy. 
A superb essay, by the way on The Waves and the Bloomsbury Group: Utopian Wholes: Virginia Woolf's The Waves and the Bloomsbury Group

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shadows In A Mirror Tell Me I'm Old, Shadows In A Mirror Tell Me We're Through

Shadows In A Mirror, Chris Isaac

I re-live and re-live the last evening that we ever saw each other.

I'm watching somebody's world at an end.
And wondering if someday we'll love again.
Shadows in a mirror tell me that I'm wrong.
Shadows in a mirror, tell me that we're through.

Oh and I, I still need your love.
I can't see my life darling without you.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I Still Miss Someone ...

I Still Miss Someone, Emmy Lou Harris

.... not a day goes by ...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Not A Single Day Goes By That I'm Not Thinking About You

Not a day goes by that I am not thinking of you. Not a single day.

It looks like the new Roy Orbison "Mystery Girl Deluxe (CD/DVD) is available, having been released May 19, 2014. Initial Amazon customer reviews suggest it should be a good album.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

If There Is One Woman ....

... who takes me back to those halcyon days ... it's Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark."

Not a day goes by that I don't remember those halcyon days.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Summertime Sadness

I'm on the home stretch -- returning home to Texas after spending a week with my dad in Williston, North Dakota. I drove round-trip; I love the long cross-country drives.

Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey

Going through Oklahoma City brings back bittersweet memories. This may be one of the few times I see it during the day; I'm usually driving through it at night.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Not A Day Goes By ...

... thinking of you ... always.