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Song of My Beloved



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This is a poem that I wrote in 1984 set to some new Garageband music. It is inspired by and dedicated to C.S. Lewis who wrote the Narnia books which I read a lot as a child and now and again later in life. I think they have played a considerable part in moulding my views of life - and afterlife...

This poem is also inspired by the title of another of Lewis' books, Surprised by Joy.

And no, I did not loose a loved one at that time...

I thought the theme of the poem was suitable to post at this time of year (Allhelgona or Halloween).

Artwork by my daughter - a snow angel... Photo by Linnie.
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Original in Swedish (as in the song)

Hon dog för ett år sen, den jag älskar
och i sorg och saknad
lämnade hon mig ensam kvar
att vandra på jorden
ensam i minnenas töcken

Men för var dag som går
närmar jag mig min älskade
För varje stag jag tar
kortas min vandring av
Och målet syns ej så fjärran längre

För i vitt, som en ängel
är hon klädd, den jag älskar
Må seraferna sjunga, basunerna skalla!
Hon kommer till mig ibland
från de himmelska höjder

Så, överraskad av den glädje som ges mig
går jag min vandring lycklig till mötes
Högre upp! Längre in! Med blicken lyft.

Song of My Beloved

She died a year ago, the one I love
and in grief and regret
she left me here alone
to wander the earth
alone in the mist of my memories

But every day that pass
brings me closer to my love
For every step I take
my journey shortens
And my goal seems less far away

For in white, like an angel
is she dressed, the one I love
May the serafim sing, the trumpets sound:
She sometimes comes back to me
from the heavenly heigths

So, surprised with the joy that is given to me
I’m happily wandering the path that’s coming my way
Farther up! Farther in! With eyes lifted.
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Uploaded: Oct 30, 2006 - 04:21:51 PM
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011 - 02:34:59 PM Last Played: Jan 25, 2018 - 03:33:04 AM
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iMac G4 (remix on PM G5), Casio CTK-611, some nasty little USB-headset microphone (I hate recording vocals, and this is a first take...)
drakonis said 4226 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
good work...
This is so difficult to do... read you own poetry... but I think you did quite well with your reading. There was some flow of emotion in it, it did not sound completely dry (but you could put even more darkness and light in your voice in the stanzas.) There was noticeable background noise with your recording that came and went as you faded your voice in and out... which means you need a soundproof studio :-) The music was white and icy cold, the strings and dissonances sent shivers down my spine... reminded me of the snow queen. When you brought the bells in near the end, that helped brighten the mood a little, but it was still somber. I think this was your intent, and it worked. A rather good "background" piece for your poem. But, the music is a little loud, compared to your voice, and the shrill strings interfered a little from listening to the poem (even though I was reading the translation at the time.) Maybe fade the music back a little farther while you are talking. It sounded like you did that a little already, the music seemed to soften a little during the stanzas, and then get louder afterward. That was good and smooth.
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Henke said 4226 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
I think you got all of this right, except that I would actually be able to put more darkness and light in my voice ;-) - but I totally agree with that idea! With tonights remix I thought I had put the voice track into the front, but I know it is very difficult to do this enough... Well, with a bit more self confidence and some peace and quiet around the computer I guess one day I may do a rerecording of the voice... (I am also amazed of your multithreaded, multitasking capabilities. I just posted the song and went to the chat room to find an opportunity to post my song link, and suddenly you appear and say you have already listened and commented all this above. Just amazing..!)
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drakonis said 4226 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
Fractal dragons
It's nice being a multi-dimensional creature, popping in everywhere at once. There are so many pools between the worlds, I must visit as many as I can in my short 9,999 year lifespan... however, the mundane things (like work, laundry, eating sheep) do sometimes get in the way.


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Henke said 4223 days ago (November 2nd, 2006)
So of course
you know all about Narnia too! I am glad! There is at least one relative of yours in those books. E.g. in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Actually - isn't it one of the children that turns into a dragon? Hm...

By the way, do you know if there is another movie coming soon on these books after last years success with The Lion and the Who ;-)
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Wildcat said 4224 days ago (November 1st, 2006)
I love the atmosphere of this...
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Henke said 4223 days ago (November 2nd, 2006)
Danke schön!
I'm glad you liked it. I liked your dragon song too, by the way! Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Heightened said 3822 days ago (December 8th, 2007)
Song of My Beloved
Artfully done. Impressive!
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Henke said 3821 days ago (December 9th, 2007)
I really like it to, especially the music, but it could probably improve with another "speaker" or maybe even a singer... Glad you like it, too!

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davajonah said 3310 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
I agree about the vocal being too far back, but the musical accompaniment is excellent.

Do you know of C.S. Lewis' "space trilogy"? Out of the Silent Planet, Voyage to Venus and That Hideous Strength, are the three books. All good stuff.
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Henke said 3310 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Do I know..?!
I spoke of them, hm, the day before yesterday, recommending them to my daughter! Very strange in some ways but truly fascinating! I think I'll put them on my reading list again before soon.

About the song: I just can't use my voice, so there you are. Time for another collab perhaps if anyone would care to make a proper voice recording...

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PatriciaGirl said 2468 days ago (August 23rd, 2011)
and so heartfelt. I just love how stories can inspire us to express ourselves in other ways. Thank you for this piece and for sharing it.

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Henke said 2467 days ago (August 24th, 2011)
Thank you
for coming by to listen to an "oldie". Maybe not one of my best, but then I am not very fond of listening to my own voice... BTW, this year it was my youngest daughter who were reading the Narnia-books. Time really flies... Thanks and take care. /H
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