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by Jean Fournell
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The Panther — Rainer Maria Rilke
Replies: 0
Views: 342

The Panther — Rainer Maria Rilke

Der Panther Im Jardin des Plantes, Paris Sein Blick ist vom Vorübergehn der Stäbe so müd geworden, daß er nichts mehr hält. Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbe und hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt. Der weiche Gang geschmeidig starker Schritte, der sich im allerkleinsten Kreise dreht, ist wie ein ...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 395
Views: 43765

Never-ending "That Is He"

Sorry, but I beg to differ from the previous comments. These are the looks of someone (a priest and zen monk, in the occurrence) who has conquered hell and set the prisoners free. Intense, yes, I agree; but there is nothing scary or menacing about the picture, nor is he crying. The term "uncanny" mi...
by Jean Fournell
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Reading Ulysses in Mullingar Cathedral
Replies: 18
Views: 1999

Re: Reading Ulysses in Mullingar Cathedral

Jimmy, thanks for your help identifying the passage in "Ulysses" you are referring to. Most generally, the first sentence of a novel is a kind of key, and therefore should be understood, lest the entire thing be incomprehensible. Here, I think the "stairhead" is the flight at the top of the stairs. ...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Reading Ulysses in Mullingar Cathedral
Replies: 18
Views: 1999

Re: Reading Ulysses in Mullingar Cathedral

For what it's worth: The poem prompted me to purchase "Ulysses" by James Joyce. Then I took to reading it, and I managed to get as far as the first sentence: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." Ever since, day an...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 692
Views: 114677

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Vickie, on your "alpha journey" through the songs, you have caught up with the present, you are up to date. So there is nothing left to interfere with doing whatever you like — listen to the foretaste, or wait until 22nd November. Now, I'm aware that this won't be very helpful… ;-) Myself I spent mo...
by Jean Fournell
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: "Thanks for the dance" - the new album
Replies: 96
Views: 12963

Re: "Thanks for the dance" - the new album

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The neighbour returns / my smile of defeat.
by Jean Fournell
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 395
Views: 43765

Re: never-ending gallery

You're welcome, Lisa. I'm glad you liked the lyrics.
In a similar vein, although in another thread, I had "a spade", too.

But I'm afraid "this bizarre corner" is a bit too bizarre for me to fend in...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 395
Views: 43765

Re: never-ending gallery

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by Jean Fournell
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard Cohen's statue will be unveiled in Vilnius
Replies: 25
Views: 3138

Re: Leonard Cohen's statue will be unveiled in Vilnius

The only problem I can see with calling a spade a spade is, how to ascertain whether it is a spade or not. And for this problem I have no solution. ● As so often, I wrote something and then decided rather not to post it. This time I changed my mind in what concerns the following: > The more I look a...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 692
Views: 114677

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Hm, the vinyls of old used to have two sides. Maybe there will be one part songs (or poetry with music) and one part music only. And maybe it's something totally different… BTW Jean, could you enlighten me on the "Flower Sermon," I am not familiar with it. Well, I might try to give a few indications...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 692
Views: 114677

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

4, I'm very much with you. (Concerning "My Oh My", I beg to differ. I can't help linking this song to the Flower Sermon.) Somewhere, as my memory has it, Leonard Cohen said something to the effect that the rest (to come) was music, or mostly. Which would be coherent, even though one should never tru...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Tribute concerts, Cover versions & Soundtracks
Topic: "Hallelujah" cover
Replies: 6
Views: 1552

Re: "Hallelujah" cover

tularosa, je vous ai envoyé un message personnel.
by Jean Fournell
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Tribute concerts, Cover versions & Soundtracks
Topic: "Hallelujah" cover
Replies: 6
Views: 1552

Re: "Hallelujah" cover

Nora sings in different languages, and to my ear her careful diction sounds extremely good. She's not aping some rote-learned stuff without understanding it. Still influenced by several hundred hours spent with Federico García Lorca, I'm all the more deeply touched by her meaningful "I remember when...

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