I did a musical photo-shoot set in beautiful woodlands and fields, with the wonderful Mike South Photography. Photos are below, interspersed with some of my favourite quotes, which I hope you will enjoy.
“Don’t worry about saving these songs! And if one of our instruments breaks, it doesn’t matter. We have fallen into the place where everything is music.
The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere, and even if the whole world’s harps should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments playing…”
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi
“Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And I gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
BEHIND THE SCENES! Many thanks to the small team of Beloveds who helped out with this photo shoot.
We were blessed by a double rainbow during the shoot!
“Ring the bells that still can ring!
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
“Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul”
Old English Prayer
“Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So, a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.”
Carol Ann Duffy
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair”
“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing”
“To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving”
“Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things”
“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
“Our voices shake in song
for memories we have long endured
Though this begins to make us strong
(the combing through of shreds of love)
it is through living that we are cured.”
Shape note song, mixed credits:
“Now shall my inward joys arise,
And burst into a song,
Almighty love inspires my heart
And pleasure tunes my tongue.”
“O the transporting, rapturous scene
That rises to my sight!
sweet fields arrayed in living green,
And rivers of delight”
“I have a million nightingales on the branches of my heart,
singing freedom, freedom, freedom!”
Mahmoud Darwish, whose poem was adapted to music by Linda Hirschhorn.
“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams”
“And after all we’re only going home.
And when we’re gone, all that’s left is love.
Love is here, love is now,
Love is you, love is me,
Love is everything we do.”
Quote from one of my own songs, that you can find here.
Thank you for looking at this page of pictures and words. I hope you have enjoyed it.
Do check out Mike South’s photography work at the links at the top of the page.
Please do not save or replicate these photos anywhere without explicit permission. Thank you!