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a common thread

A common thread…

The arts express our inner world in ways that enrich our lives for the better…

How can we read a masterful poem by John Keats and not be moved by his expression of beauty? How can we listen to the Adagietto from Mahler’s fifth Symphony and not feel what it is to be in love? How can we view a painting by Picasso and not see a reflection of ourselves in his eyes? Our superficial layers are stripped away to reveal life in its deep, raw state…may we open ourselves to these priceless gifts, and in doing so, allow them to teach us life’s most important lessons…

Drawing ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti, Study of a Seated Young Man and Two Studies of the Right Arm, 1511

Painting ~ Pablo Picasso, Self-portrait With a Palette, 1906

Sculpture ~ Richard Serra, Betwixt the torus and the sphere, 2001

Architecture ~ I.M. Pei, The Louvre Pyramid, 1988

Interior Design ~ Robert Couturier, his Connecticut home

Music ~ Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 1901-1902

Dance ~ Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, 1935

Theatre ~ Stephen Sondheim, Donna Murphy as Fosca in Passion, 1994

Film ~ Merchant-Ivory, A Room with a View, 1985

Literature ~ E.B. White, One Man’s Meat, 1942

Poetry ~ John Keats, Bright Star, 1819

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No – yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever – or else swoon to death.

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