Nod If You Can Hear Me

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,


Jack Layton

Monday August 22, 2011
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BJ Cole’s Transparent Music (apparently unavailable for purchase)

Wednesday April 6, 2011

Amazing slide guitar adaptation of Ravel’s Pavane:  

Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte” (Pavane for a Dead Princess) is here rendered gracefully heartbreaking, and Cole’s instrument lets out a sad cry that seems to remember every sweet gesture of the lost child.

Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte

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Norman MacCaig: A Man in My Position

Tuesday March 29, 2011

excerpt from video interview 

"poetry is the most precise way of using words…reading poetry, never mind trying to write, hones your wits when it comes to examining the true meaning of words, because it makes you recognize the emotional significance of a word not just the intellectual significance… and words have emotional significance…

dangerously so…

listen to politicians or preachers. They use one of the big dirty words like freedom, liberty, democracy, etc. and they get penny-in-the-slot responses… not thinking of the meaning of words, just having emotional responses…and it is an awful dangerous thing…I think it is the source of most problems in the world.  Not just country to country but people to people, husband to wife… all these problems primarily due to an emotional response. 

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