The Puzzle Consolidated

Over a period of several months I presented various clues, some obvious and some oblique, to solve a puzzle of my devising.  Let us review…

Clue 1

a) A picture of Karl Barth (the theologian who writings were the subject of Jane’s thesis) who was born in Bern, Switzerland about two hours by rail from Strasbourg and one hour from Colmar, home to the Eisenheim Altarpiece.

b) The Association album titled The Association but nicknamed their Stonehenge album (for obvious reasons).

Clue 2

The queen celebrates 60 years on the throne in June… this year we celebrate our 40th (but, alas, no throne).

Clue 3

A musical tribute (?) to Winchester Cathedral.

Clue 4

a) A news article (about the European parliament) in which Strasbourg is cited.

b) A fictional novel (Sarum) which tries to encompass many of the layers of English history.  The locus for most of the novel is in and around modern day Salisbury.

c) Glastonbury… yes, home to an annual major rock festival (but not this year… a fallow year) but also considered (by some) home to King Arthur and company.

d) A springtime shot of Colmar, France.

Clue 5

I pointed out that, even as we celebrate our fortieth anniversay, UNESCO world heritage also reaches its 40-year milestone this year.  Two of the many sites include Stonehenge and Strasbourg.

And, finally, I drew your attention to the October 2010 post Roots of a different sort.  Taken together, you no doubt suspect/know where this is all leading.  All going well (DV), all will be revealed in next month’s post (which will probably not appear until later in the month).  Consolidation… Revelation.

Consolidation… A Life

You may have heard that Leonard Cohen (subject of an earlier post) received the 2011 Glenn Gould Prize.  As noted in a CBC article…

Dubbed by some as the “Nobel Prize of the Arts,” the award is presented biennially to “an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.”

That he continues to write, record and tour is a testament both to his artistic vision and stamina.  A well-deserved recognition…

 Which brings me to another example of 3/4 time.  I mentioned that it is rare in rock music… but not so much in the tunes of Cohen.  With  the attention aroused by the award, CBC has been playing quite a bit of Cohen sung/Cohen tribute music.  I heard Thanks for the Dance last week (my first time hearing it that I recall) sung by Anjani, an American singer-songwriter best known for her work with Cohen.  Good melody.  Good lyrics.  And in 3/4 time.  Here’s Anjani performing it live…

…and one more thing…

I mentioned a young man named Matthew Emery in my previous post… he had set the text of a Robert Louis Stevenson poem to music and created a lovely choral work. It is, of course, evident that, in the creation process, one can begin with a musical idea/chord sequence/melody and tailor the lyrics to fit (as I did with Writing Our Lives [April 6, 2012 post]).  Or one can begin with the text and create music to support the lyric (as Matthew’s work).  So… with  3/4 meter and this sequence (text, then music) as recent subject matter in my writing I thought it might be interesting to take a short text and set it to music in 3/4 time (hence, consolidation).  And with that inspiration I randomly opened a Bible within the book of Psalms (psalms being song texts anyway) and, fortunately, spied a section which (I suspected) would lend itself readily to the addition of music.   I say “fortunately” because random openings of the Bible looking for a text (even within Psalms) might prove more problematic setting to music (eg. I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.  [Psalm 88]).  This section was from Psalm 113 (verses 2-5a).  I didn’t alter the translation (NIV) but allowed myself to repeat verse two for the sake of structure.  Here are the lyrics…

Psalm 113

Let the name of the Lord be praised

Both now and forevermore

Let the name of the Lord be praised

Both now and forevermore

From the rising of the sun

to the place where it sets

The name of the Lord is to be praised

Let the name of the Lord be praised

Both now and forevermore

The Lord is exalted

over all the nations

his glory above the heavens

Who is like the Lord

our God

the One

who sits enthroned

on high

Let the name of the Lord be praised

Both now and forevermore

Let the name of the Lord be praised

Both now and forevermore

Both now and forevermore

Both now and forevermore

Add some music…


So, there it is… you will now have to read old posts for the next month or so…

                                                                                                            be seeing you


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