Song of the Day for June 14 – 20, 2021

Monday Let’s start the week with a little Gershwin!

Tuesday Just happened across this lovely duet in my searches…Will Liverman and Lawrence Brownlee perform “Au fond du temple saint ” from The Pearl Fishers by George Bizet. (6:27)

After a self-imposed absence, Nadir returns to the shores of Ceylon, where his friend Zurga has just been elected Fisher King by the local pearl fishermen. The two had once fallen in love with the same woman, but then vowed each other to renounce that love and remain true to each other. On meeting again, they sing this duet, remembering how they first fell in love/were fascinated with a veiled priestess of Brahma whom they saw passing through the adoring crowd.

Nadir At the back of the holy temple,
decorated with flowers and gold,
A woman appears!
Zurga A woman appears!
Nadir I can still see her!
Zurga I can still see her!
Nadir The prostrate crowd looks at her amazed and murmurs under its breath: look, this is the goddess looming up in the shadow and holding out her arms to us.
Zurga Her veil lifts slightly. What a vision! What a dream! The crowd is kneeling.
Both Yes, it is she! It is the goddess, more charming and more beautiful. Yes, it is she! It is the goddess who has come down among us. Her veil has parted and the crowd is kneeling.
Nadir But through the crowd she makes her way.
Zurga Already her long veil hides her face from us.
Nadir My eyes, alas! Seek her in vain!
Zurga She flees!
Nadir She flees! But what is this strange flame which is suddenly kindled in my soul!
Zurga What unknown fire is destroying me?
Nadir Your hand pushes mine away!
Zurga Your hand pushes mine away!
Nadir Love takes our hearts by storm and turns us into enemies!
Zurga No, let nothing part us!
Nadir No, nothing!
Zurga Let nothing part us!
Nadir No, nothing!
Zurga Let us swear to remain friends!
Nadir Let us swear to remain friends!
Zurga Let us swear to remain friends!
Both Oh yes, let us swear to remain friends! Yes, it is she, the goddess,
who comes to unite us this day. And, faithful to my promise,
I wish to cherish you like a brother! It is she, the goddess,
who comes to unite us this day! Yes, let us share the same fate,
let us be united until death!

Wednesday Almost Blue – Chet Baker (5:32)

Thursday Across the Crystal Sea – Danilo Perez (7:16)

Friday The PS22 kids are back!  Video Game  (2:22)

 I don’t wanna be your personal Jesus
I don’t wanna live inside of that flame
In a way I wanna be my own believer
I don’t wanna play your video game

I don’t wanna be the center of the universe
I don’t wanna be a part of that shame
In a way I wanna be my own redeemer
I don’t wanna play your video game  

I don’t care if everybody else is into it
I don’t care if it’s a popular refrain
I don’t wanna be a puppet in a theater
I don’t wanna play your video game

You don’t wanna be the one who has to pay for it
You don’t wanna be the one who has to change
All you want is what the resumé tells you
I don’t wanna play your video game  

I don’t wanna love you if you won’t receive it
I don’t wanna save the world that way
I don’t wanna be your personal Jesus
I don’t wanna play your video game

I don’t wanna put the devil on a pedestal
I don’t wanna put the saints in chains
I just wanna make my life a little easier
I don’t wanna play your video game  

I don’t wanna be your Julius Caesar
I don’t want it to go down that way
But in a way you gotta follow the procedure
So go ahead and play your video game  

Saturday Juneteenth! A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke (3:10)

Sunday For God So Loved the World – Stainer – Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short (3:51)