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The second poem I’ve decided to add to my album A Dream Within a Dream - Orchestral Music Inspired by American Poetry, is Wisdom, by Sara Teasdale. 

Taken from Poetry Foundation website: 

“Sara Teasdale received public admiration for her well-crafted lyrical poetry which centered on a woman's changing perspectives on beauty, love, and death...”

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The great American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote:

“Language is fossil poetry. As the limestone of the continent consists of infinite masses of the shells of animalcules, so language is made up of images, or tropes, which now, in their secondary use, have long ceased to remind us of their poetic origin.”

The Caves of Matmata

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Visiting my family in Israel this summer, I had a privilege of listening once more to stories about Tunisia, where my mother‘s family came from and to again appreciate the blessings that come with your beginnings. We sat on a spacious balcony at my grandmother’s nursing home, enjoying the Wonderful shade of the trees and eating plums and apricots, as the stories unfolded like a familiar and most cherished melody.

Art inspired music

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Look at this breathtaking painting, Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, completed in 1878 by the Polish- Jewish painter, Maurycy Gottlieb, just a year before his death at the age of twenty Three. Look carefully at the faces of this congregation at prayer, Solemn, weary, as if under a spell, as if in slow motion.

Bess’s Metamorphosis

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The little fishing village of Catfish Row in Charleston, SC where “Porgy and Bess” the most beautiful and sophisticated opera takes place, is the setting for one of the most precious and unique human phenomena I know. It appears right before the ecstatic end of Act 1, Scene 2, and the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira, were geniuses in... 

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