Ravens land, obsidian,hacking like old men,and crows’ cries punctuate night again. Rooks argue overhead,and magpies chatter loud enough to wake the dead,as surging clapping wings explode into a raucous, musical river of glossy blackcircling farmland: the birds are back! Kim M. Russell, 20th February 2023 Image by Kevin Mueller on Unsplash It’s Monday and over […]
Food for the Soul
a distant refuge music is the only food for a homesick soul Kim M. Russell, 17th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1499 Food for The Soul, music from Afghanistan Today we are being inspired by folk music from Afghanistan.
The Music of Bengal
lilting Tagore songs sparkle with a strange beauty hot Bengali nights Kim M. Russell, 14th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1496 Rabindra Sangeet, the music of Bengal Another episode in India brings us to Bengal and a kind of music that has only words written by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), music known as Rabindra […]
The Music of Kashmir
musical poems saffron notes reverberate a sitar’s curved frets Kim M. Russell, 13th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1495 Kashmiri music, the music of Kashmir India Today we will are still in Asia and we are visiting and exploring the folk music of Kashmir in India. Chèvrefeuille tells us that the music composed […]
El Condor Pasa
pan pipe music soars over the peaks of mountains a condor flying Kim M. Russell, 30th May 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1443 Music to close our journey In the last episode of May, our inspiration is music from the Andean Mountains, called ‘El Condor Pasa’, played on the pan pipes.
Pinkillu Rain Song
bass pinkillu flutes blowing melodies to clouds raindrops bounce on drums Kim M. Russell, 28th May 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1441 La lluvia (The Rain) The month of May is almost over and we are almost at the end of our journey into the high mountains of the Andes. Today’s inspiration is music […]
A triplet of notes, a single wavering flame echoed by another in a gust of melody. Hush of voice unweathered modulates light and promise tethered by emotional tourniquet until the song spreads wings and skips on time changes like glottal stops. The volume dies, almost to a whisper, and a syncopated drum contains the pressure […]
Poetry in the Music
I came to poetry through music. My mother was very musical and loved to sing. She had a broad taste and, instead of lullabies, she would perform popular songs of the day to get me to sleep, songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra; Harry Belafonte’s ‘Scarlet Ribbons’ (which reminds me of mum) and […]
Peace Within Day 1
in the golden hour everything falls into place serene afterglow Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem’s Winter Retreat 2018 Peace Within On the first day of Carpe Diem’s Winter Retreat 2018, Chèvrefeuille challenges us to create a haiku or tanka inspired on the theme of ‘Peace Within’ every day during a period […]
nature’s a puzzle constantly changing landscapes some missing pieces Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1278 Enigma (by Karunesh) Carpe Diem is celebrating its fifth anniversary with wonderful inspirational music every weekend. Today we have music composed by Karunesh.