Saturday, December 2, 2017


Man Of Letters
1.a man engaged in literary pursuits, especially a professional writer.
2.a man of great learning; scholar.

Man of Stars
poetic noun
1. a term of endearment.
2. an artist/musician that often employs star overlays and references the celestial in their work.
3. a lover of the celestial; one familiar with the sky and its movements.
4. someone capable of making you feel like you're watching a meteor shower.

"Deneb bobs in the middle of this river of stars that passes through the Summer Triangle, and arcs across the sky." Bruce McClure 

In a recent post, I mentioned Summer's Triangle and spoke of it as "crowning the evening." That was a special night, and as Bruce McClure put it, "Seeing [it] again and again on summer nights is a deep pleasure that adds to the enjoyment of this season." I couldn't agree more.

Near the middle of the year, I was introduced to this asterism (a prominent pattern or group of stars, typically having a popular name but smaller than a constellation) by my local Man of Stars. He noticed it in 1991, and had up until recently been calling it The Big'Un'. It resides close to Cassiopeia and it's three components are Vega, Altair, and Deneb. Here, it shines to the left as the Milky Way flows through it.

Since we've officially reached the last month of the year, the even lesser lights (Christmas lights) are going up everywhere. When I look out the window behind my keys, the strands of a multicolored galaxy wink away on the neighbor's fence.
"Vibrations on the air are the breath of God speaking to man’s soul. Music is the language of God. We musicians are as close to God as man can be. We hear His voice, we read His lips, we give birth to the children of God, who sing His praise. That’s what musicians are, Anna Holtz. And if we’re not that, we are nothing." -Ludwig Van Beethoven, Copying Beethoven, 2006
A lot of the things in that film were cut for kosher viewing, thankfully. The story itself was almost entirely fictionalized, and the brand of Christianity put forth was (of course) Catholicism, but this piece of dialogue was so captivating, I haven't been able to forget it. Not sure if this is something Beethoven ever said in real life or if it's even a sound saying, but this is definitely what writing music can feel like, at least for me. And the way the screenwriter called the music children reminded me of what the Man of Stars kept saying directly after recording for his latest album finished. ;)

And now to fetch some pizza...

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