“Va Pensiero”

Tonight, as music fills this hallowed hall And transfixed patrons breathe and sigh as one, I’m moved to tears: this music from the past Performed across the sea from whence it came. The eyes are windows to the soul; (some say) For me, the human voice and fingered ivory keys; Woodwinds, strings, percussion, haunting reeds […]

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Why “BCIJo”?

To the uninitiated, this blog name may seem illegible and perhaps even irrelevant.   But it isn’t either of these things.   After having toyed with the idea of changing my blog name, I realized that after these seven months of blogging, I do have an on-line identity; friends have been made, history captured and a journey […]

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The Excellence of Anonymity

Places! Orchestral musicians  Choristers; professional and avocational   Hundreds of passionate, like-minded spirits After months, weeks, hours of dedicated water-shedding    Tonight, all privileged to perform    This Opus   Penguins! To the gathering audience,   Performers are indistinguishable (in standard black and starched white concert garb)  Like a waddle of penguins awaiting their momentous, […]

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Death and Transfiguration (and reflection)

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be. Flying always made her feel insecure, out of control. Now, reluctantly lowering the shade; shutting out the spectacular sunset, as “Death and […]

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September Song

September has always represented for me, a chance to begin a new cycle.  Despite having been driven by fiscal and corporate calendars for the last 45 years and January- to- December calendars all of my life,   I am somehow surprised,  that I would still feel this renewal urge each fall. My husband, a leader […]

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Music of the Mountain (Trifecta Writing Challenge -Wk 38)

  Music of the Mountain   Country roads wind their way Quaint towns, once familiar hills and vales Dismay, as malls of progress  Block farmland valleys. The homeward trek continues – changes unfold.   Tentative… Long driveway ahead Stunning new stone gate; Upscaled arena – superb symphonic space Science center, sparkling in the sun.   […]

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