Sunday, September 9, 2007

No Promises

This week's email from Barnes & Noble included a coupon for No Promises by Carla Bruni, a "B&N Exclusive." Well, I left the coupon sitting on my desk work when I left on Friday afternoon; however, after listening to clips from the CD in the store, coupon or no, this one was coming home with me.

Most of my music purchases are done on iTunes these days, so it was quite a treat to unwrap a CD, read the liner notes, and take in the beautiful pictorial and graphical presentation of Ms. Bruni's compositions based on poems by Wm. Butler Yeats, Dorothy Parker, W. H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rossetti.

One struck a perfect chord~

Afternoon

When I am old and comforted
And done with this desire
With memory to share my bed
And peace to share my fire,


I'll comb my hair in scalloped bands
Beneath my laundered cap
And watch my cool and frabile hands
Lie light upon my lap.


And I will have a sprigged gown
With lace to kiss my throat
I'll draw my curtain to the town,
and hum a purring note.


And I'll forget the way of tears,
And rock, and stir my tea.
But oh, I wish those blessed years
Were further than they be!

~~Dorothy Parker


A lovely, sensual CD.

3 comments:

Nan - said...

Thank you, thank you! I had never heard of her, but am thrilled by the video and your write up. I'll be buying the cd soon. And I'm just the opposite. I rarely buy on iTunes. I just "must" be able to hold the cd case, look at the person or group, read the words, know who is playing drums, and learn whom the artist thanks. I have bought some on iTunes, and then I'm sorry because I don't have all those things. For me, iTunes works best for singles, old songs I'd like to own, etc. Thank you again. And I am so glad you are back blogging, Marcia!!

Les said...

Catching up here on your blog!! I thought I had it bookmarked, but after some time realized I didn't. Anyhow, we have this cd on our in-store playlist, but I'm not sure I've listened to it closely. Tomorrow it's going in the player first thing. I love the song you quoted. Beautiful, beautiful sentiment. I may just have to get this one, too. Have you seen my recent music posts on my blog? It's fun to discover new artists, isn't it?

Marcia said...

Yes, I love discovering new-to-me music. Thanks to you, Les, Jeremy Fisher has been singing out to me from my iPod!