|Spring River by Tom Thompson.|
June 8th is Oceans Day and June 12th is Canadian Rivers Day, so the week of June 8th to June 12th is called Rivers to Ocean Week. The Canadian Wildlife Federation reminds us that we can all help to protect our shared water resources by reducing our waste, participating in a beach clean up, using less water and choosing tap water over bottled water. There are thousands of little things we can do to help. For more ideas, please click here to visit the CWF website.
How about some classical water music? Handel composed this music at the request of King George I to be performed outside as he floated down the Thames River on his royal barge. No wonder it sounds so regal!
Handel / Water music
Memory, hither come,
And tune your merry notes:
And, while upon the wind
Your music floats,
I’ll pore upon the stream
Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
Within the watery glass.
Here are some of my favourite modern tunes about rivers...
John Hiatt / The River Knows Your Name
Some stills from a scene in Chris Ryan's Strike Back, (episode 2 in Zimbabwe), screencaps from Richard Armitage Central Gallery.
On the riverbank
Bruce Springsteen is one of my all time favourite Rock singer / songwriters. His lyrics are usually about people trying to escape from their lack-lustre lives. The following song is from his "Darkness at the Edge of Town" album.
Bruce Springsteen / The River
The following pictures are from an episode of the George Gently series. Richard Armitage plays a character named Ricky Deeming who initiates new members to his motorcycle club by baptizing them in the ocean.
Alison Krauss / Down to the River to Pray
From the soundtrack to the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
I stayed up way too late one night recently to rewatch a favourite movie that I hadn't seen in a long time. The Prince of Tides has a water theme as it takes place on the tidal flats of South Carolina. One of my favourite scenes involves the children jumping into the water holding hands, as a way to escape their troubled home life. It was based on a book by Pat Conroy which I also read a few years before I saw the movie version. The book is a masterpiece, and usually it is difficult to adapt such a rich, and multi-layered story to a two hour movie version. But as the author wrote the screenplay, he managed to pull it off. There were many vital scenes missing but what was left still managed to convey the same sense of the storyline and vivid beauty of place. I enjoyed the actors too. Barbara Streisand was the director, but her role as the psychiatrist didn't overshadow the other fine actors. Nick Nolte gave one of his finest performances ever here, and I was very happy to see Blythe Danner as the wife. She is a beautiful, graceful woman with a soft, sultry voice who has played before in film adaptations of Pat Conroy's books, most notably in The Great Santini. Also I would be remiss in not mentioning Kate Nelligan in a standout performance as the unstable matriarch of the family.If you wish to watch the trailer for this movie, please visit IMDb.com here.
Here is a tribute to the movie showing some beautiful scenery.
Richard Armitage has admitted to an aversion to "dark water". It seems that he must be pushing himself to confront this fear as the previous pictures can attest. In series 8 of Spooks / MI-5 his character of Lucas North is subjected to waterboarding (a type of torture which simulates drowning). The following music video by JulietD100 brilliantly explores Lucas's experience with water.
Fanvid by JulietD100 / *spooks* Lucas North 'The Water'
Hurt / The Water
How terrible that such a life-giving resource could be used for torture. I hate to end on such a sad note.
"We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon,
that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens
and fields, and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the way."
American Indian, Chinook Blessing Litany,
Earth Prayers from Around the World, 1991
I can't resist one last look...
is all wet in Robin Hood BBC