“The great poems are not about experience, but are the experience itself, felt in the body.” – David Whyte
Two of David Whyte’s poems “Blessing for Sound” and “Blessing for the Light” were adapted for this short film directed by Andrew Hinton. Composer Owen Ó Súilleabháin used one of the oldest recordings of traditional Irish music as part of the score, “Cé Phort Láirge” (Waterford Quay). The poetry, music, and cinematic views of the Irish countryside combine to share an intimate experience of the Divine.
As a musician and poet, I am drawn to the “Blessing for Sound.” Creation began “with an original, vibrant, note,” The natural world (including humans) is constructed of fractals, visual music iterations playing out the song of the universe.
Like Whyte, I am also grateful for the “everyday original music, always being rehearsed…played…remembered.” Music is everywhere in the ordinary moments of our lives. Can I hear the Creator’s voice “even with my eyes closed, even with my heart closed, even before I fully awake?”
“In Celtic wisdom, the sacred is as present on earth as it is in heaven, as immanent as it is transcendent, as human as it is divine, as physical as it is spiritual. The sacred can be breathed in, tasted, touched, heard, and seen as much in the body of the earth and the body of another living being as in the body of religion. It is the true essence of all life.” – John Philip Newell