Today, let’s write something that suits this blog’s title : “what’s behind the music”.
For that, I picked up three books from my personal library to share them with you, for you to explore what’s behind the music, my music.
Actually, I have a compulsive tendency to collect books.
Whether I find rare books, that I consider treasures or valuable books for my tastes ; or I find books that will complete topics I’m interested in.
These topics have evolved over time. What is interesting, is that it followed my inspiration, serving music.
So I first collected books about legends, local history,… I loved fantasy too, and I explored it through comics of novels. Then I discovered buddhism in 2013, and this subject overtook the others, I fed my interest by reading a lot.
The three books that I present you today are very different from each others.
The first one is a classic of French poetry : Verlaine and his “Poèmes Saturniens”, followed by “Fêtes Galantes”. Words of melancholy, introspection, contemplation. Nature, seasons, feelings, everything is depicted in a rather inspiring manner, aesthetic, lyrical. Beautiful.
Memory, memory, what do you want from me ? I remember
autumn made the thrush fly through the lifeless air,
and the sun launched a monotonous ray where
the north wind exploded in a woo growing yellower.
My second choice is a curiosity. Der Nibelunge Nôt. I never read it because it is written in middle high german ! I bought it for its singularity, and because it is the Song of the Nibelungs, a Middle Ages story that inspired me during my Rune era.
Aus der III. ÂVENTIURE,
WIE SÎFRIT ZE WORMZE KOM.
Alsô sprach dô Hagene: “ich wil des wol verjehen,
swie ich Sîvrîden nimmer habe gesehen,
sô wil ich wol gelouben, swie eß dar umbe stât,
daß eß sî der recke; der dprt sô hêrliche, gât.
Finally, a more recent acquisition, that I like a lot. It contributes to my learning buddhist and zen philosophies.
The diamond sutra. A sutra is a teaching, written in sanskrit, that passed on from generation to generation in the himalayan and sino-japanese tradition.
Very inspiring yet challenging, its content aims to make us realise the elusive and fleeting nature of things, be them material or spiritual.
As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space
An illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble
A dream, a cloud, a flash of lightening
View all created things like this.
My library has many other treasures that you may discover later in other posts.
What about you, what treasures are in your bookshelf ?