Song of the Day: November 17

A tribute to those who died in Paris, and last week at the Planned Parenthood center in Kansas, and today in San Bernadino, California, and I AM SO ANGRY AT THIS NEEDLESS SUFFERING.

No Song Is Safe From Us

Steven Blier (photo Liv Hoffman)Steven Blier returns to Song of the Day this week:

Like most people on this planet, I was deeply disturbed and saddened by the terrorist attacks in Paris. I have nothing intelligent or cogent to say about the massacre, except that I hope it doesn’t fuel more xenophobia and racism in our country or anywhere else in the world.

To honor the dead and comfort the living, my song of the day is the final movement of the Fauré Requiem. I have a special relationship to this piece, which I first heard when I was in ninth grade. I had a noon study hall one floor below the room where our chorus had its weekly rehearsal, and I heard the Fauré wafting down like a gauzy, heavenly missive. (I soon met the baritone soloist, a 17-year old named Matthew Epstein who has been a friend for five decades. Later that year…

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About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

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