This has already been a tough week for me and a lot of people I know, so I thought I would share a piece that has helped me recenter myself when things get a bit much. Davies wrote this for a play, “The Yellowcake Review,” which was a work of protest against a possible plan to build a uranium mine in Stromness, in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
“I will not walk backward in life.”
– J.R.R. Tolkein
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That is quite an elegy. Beautiful.
I love the way this piece picks itself back up–after stumbling and searching from 1:33 to 3:18–then proceeds to walk forward from there until the end. I could listen to this all day long.