15 July: Love

“Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.“ Iris Murdoch (Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher, born on 15 July 1919 in Dublin) The Jewish Bride (detail), a painting by Rembrandt, born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden “L’amore è il… Read More 15 July: Love

Barry White

Singer, songwriter Barry White, died of kidney failure caused by hypertension on 4 July 2003, aged 58.He was a precursor to the disco era, which was influenced by his repetitive melodies and danceable rhythms Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe I’ve heard people say thatToo much of anything is not good for you, baby(Oh… Read More Barry White

Mama Jazz

“Some kids in Italy call me ‘Mama Jazz’; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don’t call me ‘Grandma Jazz.’” Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular female jazz singer for more than half a century, died on 15 June 1996, twenty-five years ago.She was often referred to as Lady Ella, the First Lady… Read More Mama Jazz

The Voice

Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma had long been estranged when she died in 1912: her death prompted a series of poems which are viewed as being among his best work. In “The Voice”, which deals with love, death, grief, and memories, the poet aments over the loss of his beloved, whose presence is… Read More The Voice

The End Of May

How the wind howls this mornAbout the end of May,And drives June on apaceTo mock the world forlornAnd the world-s joy passed awayAnd my unlonged-for face!The world-s joy passed away;For no more may I deemThat any folk are gladTo see the dawn of daySunder the tangled dreamWherein no grief they had.Ah, through the tangled dreamWhere… Read More The End Of May