…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSunday; Life Lived Easy

Well m'dears, this is number seven, the last of the 'desert island discs'. Based upon a venerable and ancient BBC Radio programme, and prompted by a comment by Bertie's Gail on a piece I hinted would be on my list.

'What was that first one again?' do I hear you ask? Okay, a quick review (and note that I have given these their very own bloggy label - yes I DIDs!);

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  • Song For Athene (John Taverner)
  • Dies Irae (Guiseppe Verdi's version)
  • Summertime (George Gershwin)
  • Heavy Horses (Jethro Tull)
  • Vedic Chant - Vishnu Sahasranaama (15th Batch Sandeepany Sadhanalaya)
  • Brandenburg Conc.#4 Gmaj. - Allegro (J S Bach)
  • Psalm 121 Gregorian Chant (Cistercian Order)

The thing is, if playing to 'the rules', one is supposed to say what is the single luxury item that one would have on the island (as in, useless for building escape planes or refrigerators). That's easy. My Sanskrit prayer book. Actually, to me that is not a luxury. The music itself would be the 'bit of fluff'. Which brings me to the point that it is necessary also to make one final pick, from the existing picks, as the one and only piece which would stand above them all. You know; in case of seagull raids or tsunamis, which would be the one piece to be grabbed from the pile?.. (then it occurs that the luxury would have to be the equipment to make it play but this is gagaland, so let's not get tied up in such details.)

Well folks, I have left the ultimate piece till last. Vedic chanting one can always do for oneself. Summertime, too. Also know a fair few of the Tull tunes by heart, so could run them through memory. Also the DI - one of the reasons for choosing the Verdi, is the full force of that choral magnificence, etching it into the brain fibres. I am sure I could manufacture a recorder-like whistle out of some strong grass or palm frond, so the Bach is a possibility for self-production as well. Admittedly, the Taverner piece would be sacrificed in case of the mentioned catastrophes. However, the one piece that could never be recreated by oneself, and could never be sacrificed if indeed it were to hand, you will now hear. Put the earphones on and crank up the volume peeps. This one's truly worth it.

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Spem in alium nunquam habui            I have never put my hope in any other
Praeter in te, Deus Israel                     but in You, O God of Israel
Qui irasceris et propitius eris               who can show both anger and graciousness,
et omnia peccata hominum                 and who absolves all the sins
in tribulatione dimittis                         of suffering man
Domine Deus                                      Lord God,
Creator caeli et terrae                          Creator of Heaven and Earth
respice humilitatem nostram               be mindful of our lowliness


  1. Beautiful! We hope you are having safe travels and relaxing times.

  2. we will follow your advice :o) with a cup of tea and a blanket :o)

  3. So very beautiful!!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley


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