The weather here's looking so good this morning, but as much as I'm feeling happy for the sunshine, I'm really also thinking deeply about all the havoc that storm Christoph left it its wake.
I just want to say that if any of our Care Community members have suffered damage and loss from the storm, I'm sending you my heartfelt best wishes and I'm thinking of you and hoping that you are getting as much help as is humanly possible. I just can't imagine how bad I'd be feeling at the moment with all that's currently being endured in life, to have this to deal with too. It's a real heartache.
For all of our members, well done on completing another week in trying circumstances. Keep on keeping on. The news of the pandemic seems endlessly depressing, but we can get through if we just take it one day at a time.
No I'm going very off-topic for the rest of my post.
I was a bit fed up myself last night and took to my usual remedy which is to visit YouTube and take a virtual journey to foreign lands to learn something new about another country.
Over recent months I've been very fascinated with all aspects of Russia, and last night I found what I thought was another little gem of a musical experience.
It's a performance by The Boys’ Choir of the Glinka Choir School (St Petersburg), (Thanks to you, Google Translate!) And it’s being performed at the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, in Sokolniki, Moscow.
From reading through some of the comments I discovered that this is a song set to the words of one of Russia’s most famous poets, Alexander Pushkin.
The words roughly translate as:
The distant church bell ringing at the dawn
The old Dante book is falling out of my hands
The last words are still on my lips, but reading unfinished
And my soul flying far away…
This sound, so familiar and so vividly alive,
Which I’ve heard so many times,
Takes me to my childhood, to the place where I grew up
A long long time ago.
I liked that!
In the song, the boy soprano's voice represents the sound of the bell in the poem.
And the voice of the soloist took me completely by surprise.
Whether it’s your sort of music or not, it’s certainly a rather lovely poem and a fabulous performance!
I've added a link to the performance in case you would like to listen: (Don't forget to click on the white title at the top of the video and not the central button, or it may not play properly)
I hope that whatever all of you are doing, you can manage some happy moments this weekend and keep yourselves safe.