Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

After change upon change, We are more or less the same

February 21, 2022

Once a year, for the past five years, I watch Joan Baez’s 75th birthday celebration concert – filmed at a favourite haunt of mine, the Beacon Theatre in NYC (YouTube – thank you).  Every year something different stands out.  Yesterday it was a duet with Emmylou Harris, two beautiful grey-haired ladies who reminded me of my own beautiful grey-haired lady – my sister Trisha who I haven’t seen for two long years.

They sing a song of hope.  A song that was written in 1854 at a time of an epidemic (cholera) in the US.

“Let us pause in life’s pleasures

and count its many tears.
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
There’s a song that will linger

forever in our ears
Oh, hard times,

come again no more.”

I’ll drink to that.



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