Friday, January 1, 2010

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude, to end the first day of 2010 on a positive note, in this season of joy: Where the Hell is Matt? (now over 25 million YouTube views!) with Matt Harding doing his silly jig joined by folks from all over the world. I previously posted this earlier this year, but the sheer joy and exuberance of the participants, of all colors, races, and creeds, warms my heart. Enjoy.

The lyrics to the song in the video are reportedly from the Bengali poem Gitanjali ("Stream of Life") from Rabindranath Tagore:
Bhulbona ar shohojete
Shei praan e mon uthbe mete
Mrittu majhe dhaka ache
je ontohin praan

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami

Shei jhor jeno shoi anonde
Chittobinar taare
Shotto-shundu dosh digonto
Nachao je jhonkare!

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.

And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

The song is available as an MP3 download from Amazon: Praan

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