I enjoyed a peaceful interlude this afternoon, quite by accident. As if taking a walk or a drive, one good turn led to another. I realize that the phrase is usually applied to good deeds. My good deed of the day will be sharing my discoveries.
I'm still learning about all things Scottish and it is a fascinating journey. I recently ordered a book by Scottish photographer Andy Hall. In his long and illustrious career, Hall has published some highly-acclaimed photo essays about Scotland. The book I just received, "Scotland's Still Life," is filled with spectacular photos of Scotland and excerpts from Scottish literature. I saw images I had never imagined and read passages I didn't know existed. Books are lovely like that. I was so thrilled with the book that I just had to check out Mr. Hall's website. That's where I found a video presentation featuring photos and excerpts from Hall's book and music from Duncan Chisolm. You can view it on the website or go to YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO2uFQCsfK8
The music was so beautiful that I wanted to find out more about Duncan Chisolm. I learned that he's a talented, popular Scottish folk musician who has produced extraordinary music. His Strathglass Trilogy -- Farrar, Canaich, and Affric, is an award-winning musical series evoking the historic lands of Clan Chisolm. The creation of the three albums was a personal journey for the artist. Since Glen Affric just happens to be where my work-in-progress opens, of course I checked it out. It's been a while since I listened to music while writing, but I guess now I've found the perfect accompaniment.
Continuing my journey, I found that Chisolm had joined in composer Craig Armstrong's premiere of "Ballantyne," a Gaelic psalm. Craig Armstrong is well-known for such musical scores as "Moulin Rouge" and "The Great Gatsby." But what's a Gaelic psalm? It's a psalm sung in Gaelic. It's a lovely and old Highland tradition.
Today's exploration had to end there. I have to say, it was great!
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.