Friday, January 16, 2009

"...shall all your cares beguile..."

Photographs of musical instruments for a challenge on All instruments pictured are mine.

"Music for a while shall all your cares beguile, wond'ring how your pains were eas'd, and disdaining to be pleas'd..." -from "Oedipus" by John Dryden

Limber-limbed, lazy god, stretched on the rock,
Where is sweet Echo, and where is your flock?
What are you making here? "Listen," said Pan, --
"Out of a river-reed music for man!"

-Pan Learns Music by Henry Van Dyke

Hara Shiva shankara, she shankar she kara,
Hara bom, hara bom, bom bom bolo.
Bhava bhayankara, girija shankara,
Dimi dimi dimi, taka nan tana kaylo.

- Hymn to Shiva, who plays his two-headed drum (dimi dimi dimi taka nan tana kaylo) to destroy the cosmos and create a new one.

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. hey.... I know I've found a kindred spirit when I saw you posted a comment and mentioned Youssou N'Dour - one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE musicians.....I've been blessed to have seen him live once....simply transcendent!!!!

    and then of course you listed ursula leguin....when I taught sociology I would use the dispossessed as one the texts!

    most loverly quote by dryden and of course fabulous photos!

  2. Kimy, I think The Disposessed and The Left Hand of Darkness are the best things LeGuin has written.

    BTW, I got that hymn to Shiva from another of my favorite musicians - Jai Uttal. He does a sort of reggae setting for it on his Beggars and Saints CD. Great stuff!

  3. roy, amazing, just beautiful. they look so much better outside of the gather box! my son will love these so.

  4. those are my two favorite leguin books also!! but of course.....

    hey is there some sort of separated at birth thing going on brother?