Today is the last post for November so I decided to end the month by planting a musical seed.

This composition was released in 1986 on the album ‘Liquid Days’ and it still can bring tears to my eyes. It did today, in fact, on my way to work which is why I decided to write about it.

The music is by Philip Glass, the words by Laurie Anderson and it is sung by the Roche sisters. The operatic backing is Linda Ronstadt (yes, that Linda Ronstadt.)

Without getting too much into explanation of why I will say that this will be playing someday at my funeral. Let’s hope that’s not for quite some time. I have a few pieces of music that I want played and this is one.

There is a power to Anderson’s lyrics that are only released when sung. Here they are:

A man wakes up to the sound of rain
From a dream about his lovers
Who pass through his room.

They brush lightly by, these lovers.
They pass. Never touching.
These passing lovers move through his room.

The man is awake now
He can’t get to sleep again.
So he repeats these words
Over and over again:

Bravery. Kindness. Clarity.
Honesty. Compassion. Generosity.

Bravery. Honesty. Dignity. Clarity. Kindness. Compassion.