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  • Which aria did I hear in my dream?

    Last night heard a soprano’s voice singing a beautiful aria in my sleep. How wonderful to wake up with beautiful music in my head.

    I could not remember the name of the aria, and did not have time to Google it before I went to Knocknagor Primary School, but I think it was Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’.

    It is strange that I can remember an aria in my subconscious but cannot automatically name the piece of music. I can identify the names of all the songs and groups I loved in my teenage years. I can tell you which band had changed drummer or manager and I could sing or recite the words to all the songs.

    Now that I am older I prefer to listen to classical music. I have BBC Radio 3 on all day when I am home. Radio three not only plays classical music including live concerts around the world but also gives the background history of the composers and also the musician’s interpretation of the great classics.

    Listening to classical music, especially Bach holds me on a plain of tranquillity as I move around my house to the rhythm of my day.

    However, when I am walking around my town or travelling I do not feel the need to have a personal stereo pumping music into my ears. I want to take in the sounds of nature around me when I am walking and be on alert for interesting conversations around me on buses or trains.

    My second session of facilitating poetry in primary schools went very well. The ten and eleven year olds took well to new words I introduced into their vocabulary for describing happy, sad and bad feelings. I developed an improved rapport with the head master and was very impressed once again, with children’s’ creative ability.

    I took time after the lesson to take in the scenery around the tiny school, in awe of the constant changes of light and shadows whilst clouds scudded across the sky; and breathed in peace.

    Image: my photo of the lane leading away from the school I visited.
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