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Something Wonderful: Ennio Morricone – (2002) La Misión [Suite Orquestal]

Instructions: Speakers up. Press play.

Now get up and go away from this screen. You’ve been sitting too long. Looking too long at this flat and framed faux universe, this simulacrum of the soul’s shadow.

Go to the window. Walk to the door. Step outside. Yes, it’s hot. It’s summer. And although the world simmers it is still, for the most part, for most humans, a world at peace. Tenuous today to be sure but today is always tenuous and tomorrow is not promised.

Look around. Look around at the continuing miracle of Creation. Consider, if you care to,  your miraculous place in that miracle. See that where you are is always in the center of the universe; much as every other being is the center of the same universe.  Strange as it seems we live within one universe created with an infinity of centers. But then the universe is always strange as it seems. Isn’t it?

No, seriously, get up. Move away.

Step outside.
See the sky above and feel the earth turning below. Enduring as it always has and always will. World without end. Always.

Come back later. We’ll still be here. This passing entry is all just experimental, just practice. But then they’re all practice.

Humanity does many stupid, awful, and evil things. This much I know that I know, and I know that we all know after childhood’s end.

But humanity also does things like this and these.

I am told that it is this, our capacity to love and to express our love, is why God loves us with a love that passeth my limited understanding.

All this is why I strive to relearn prayer. This time for real.

[For variations on this theme there is this . . .]

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
— Wordsworth

Or this:

From a simple prayer
That began as a whisper in a quiet place
A dream can inspire the world
A voice echo far away

The wind can take our thoughts
From the wasteland where we walk
Into a pure land
As heroes proudly stand
Like a rose among thorns

From a simple act
That began in the corner of an unlit place
A vision embraces the world
A million candles blaze

We rise above ourselves
With a dignity somehow
Reach that Promised Land

As heroes proudly stand
Like a rose that grows
In spite of it all
A simple rose among thorns

In every lifetime we find a heart
That lights a spark in the eyes of the weary
Who can lead me to a greater love
Show there’s good in us

Or this:

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  • Fred Z July 24, 2022, 7:56 PM

    Despite the fact that the Messicans are invading us all and enslaving us with hard work and Tacos el Pastor, I have come to love their music.




    • Mike Austin July 25, 2022, 5:43 AM

      Dear Fred Z: I’m half Mexican, and I resent your spelling of my biological father’s race. It is spelled “Meskin”. It is pronounced “MESS-kin”. Get it right, Gringo.

  • The Ecstasy of Gold July 24, 2022, 8:47 PM

    The last Golden Summer before the North Venezuela Fundamental Transformation?
    Enjoying it daily and found all of the Ennio soundtracks, about 4gb worth!
    Such beautiful music from the maestro.

  • julie July 24, 2022, 9:04 PM

    All this is why I strive to relearn prayer. This time for real.

    One of my all-time favorite books of prayer, which our dear Jewel also quoted shortly before she joined the ranks of the saints, is Beginning to Pray by Archbishop Anthony Bloom. As with many things, each time I pray I feel as though I am learning to do it all over again. It is good to know that in this, at least, I am in honorable company.

    • Mike Seyle July 25, 2022, 6:15 AM

      Thank you, Julie. I’m not good at prayer, but everywhere I turn recently I get a message on prayer, so maybe I should take action before the nudges stop. Just ordered the book you pointed me to. I suppose I’ll even have to read it.

      • Tim Smith July 26, 2022, 7:29 PM

        Great book! Best quote from Bloom, “The longest time in the world is the five seconds between deciding to pray and actually praying.”

  • jd July 25, 2022, 6:27 AM

    Thank you so much, Gerard. I watched the first and plan
    to indulge in the rest later. One of the aspects I loved was
    watching the faces of the performers and their love and
    enjoyment of the sounds of others all making beautiful music
    but no one trying for the limelight. All was wonderful but
    the Oboist was spectacular. I had the pleasure of singing
    in several such choruses until my unvaccinated status
    locked me out of even attending recent performances. As with
    everything, appreciation is heightened with loss.

  • jack July 25, 2022, 6:49 AM

    Morricone’s melody for La Mision was not really a mainstream piece until Sarah Brightman, after begging Morricone numerous times to permit her to perform it with lyrics that she wrote, was able to release “Nella Fantasia”.

    Speaking only for myself, who loved the melody as it was performed by symphony, I believe that Sarah Brightman made that piece far more beautiful than it could have ever been otherwise and I’d recommend to those who have never heard her sing it, do so at your first opportunity.

    And maybe, after you’ve listened to that performance, listen to her sing A Whiter Shade of Pale.

  • Mike Austin July 25, 2022, 12:04 PM

    After listening to these musical renditions that entrance, I would ask that you see the film. It is a work of ethereal art. There is scarcely any human emotion not brought to its beautiful and horrific perfection. Perhaps its final minutes are a precursor to the End Times, or to a renewal of the world—a new beginning of a new man, purged from deadly sins.

  • jd July 25, 2022, 2:19 PM

    Thank you, Mike. I will do that.