Here’s something to go with my previous post, for SKYWATCH. The song is “All the Diamonds in the World” by Canada’s Bruce Cockburn. The melody is lovely, and the arrangement on the live album is really special. Unfortunately this one isn’t on YouTube. There are a few covers by other people, but I didn’t want to listen to any of them; would rather have only Cockburn’s version in my mind's ear for this one. Maybe you already know this song anyway… Even if you haven’t heard it, I am sure the lyrics alone will sing to you.
All the diamonds in this world That mean anything to me Are conjured up by wind and sunlight Sparkling on the sea
I ran aground in a harbour town Lost the taste for being free Thank God He sent some gull-chased ship To carry me to sea
Two thousand years and half a world away Dying trees still grow greener when you pray
Silver scales flash bright and fade In reeds along the shore Like a pearl in sea of liquid jade His ship comes shining Like a crystal swan in a sky of suns His ship comes shining.
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.