House Concert on the Eastern Shore

The view from the stage: last Saturday night proved to be one of my very favorite shows, hosted in a bay-front home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I spoke about the thesis project that I have just finished, entitled "Reweaving: The humanizing virtues of music for the weary and unwoven."

My thesis topic shows up in many of the songs that I have written this year, including my latest, "Look On Beauty." The lyrics are below.

Look On Beauty

     Look on beauty

     To undo me

     To unite my disparate parts

     To receive me

     And reweave me

     Knit my hands to head to heart

Are you shocked with gladness?

Are your cheeks soaked by surprise?

Somehow filled and emptied

at the same time?

Don't say a word; rest here awhile

Rest here awhile; rest here awhile

Happy shivers at the snow-blown

Purple winter sky

When the moon don't shine

But the haze is bright

Or have the ballet dancers

Spun you dizzy with delight?

See their sinews flash

O! The grace and might

Are you swept away and swallowed

In your sweetheart's eyes?

Well she loves you through and through

Loves all of you

     Look on Beauty

     To undo me

      To unite my disparate parts

     To receive me

     And reweave me

     Knit my hands to head to heart

     Knit my hands to head to heart.