My Soul Is Full of Longing For The Secret of The Sea – 30 Days 30 Songs

Day 22 of my new blog challenge –

Share Your Music! 30 Days 30 Songs!

Please feel free to join me any time you want – casual players welcome! πŸ˜‰


It’s quite late in the game, and I still haven’t touched my love for classical music. Maybe because it’s even worse choosing one piece of just one composer when there are so many that I truly love.

There’s a certain connectivity between classical music and nature in my mind.

Some pieces are obviously inspired by it, like “Flight of the Bumblebee“, an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed in 1899–1900.

Others simply evoke pictures in your mind or make you feel like you’re actually a part of nature instead of working against it at times.

Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Cello Suite No. 1 is one of my very, very favourite pieces of classical music, that never fails to lend my soul wings and let it soar through the air and spray of the sea like a swallow.

There are many literary quotes that I feel reminded of when I listen to this beautiful prΓ©lude. Let me share some of them with you here:


β€œWe need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods


Henry David Thoreau (Image courtesy Wikipedia)

β€œLittle islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”
― Sir Richard Francis Burton
β€œThe sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart


β€œMy soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
β€œWe are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
― William James


β€œThe heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”
― Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh



Vincent Van Gogh (Self-portrait, 1887/88; image courtesy Wikipedia)

And now, without further ado, please enjoy the music


57 thoughts on “My Soul Is Full of Longing For The Secret of The Sea – 30 Days 30 Songs

  1. Oh, Sarah, this is MARVELOUS! I love the Bach cello suites. I’m a classically trained singer, but long before that – I have loved classical music since childhood. And on a note of interest: this cello suite was one of the pieces of music played in one of my favorite comfort movies: *Master and Commander,* (2003 – Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany) I think I love this movie in large part because of all the classical music and the accurate cannons. πŸ˜‰

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Hannah! πŸ˜€
      And I know that movie well – even got the DVD πŸ˜‰ – and I think you might be right about loving it so much because of all the classical music in it! πŸ˜€ But then I also love ships and the sea (and let’s not forget Russel Crowe πŸ˜‰ ). πŸ˜€ Have you read the books by Patrick O’Brian as well? They are amazing! πŸ˜€

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      • Yes yes yes! All of it. The ships, the sea, the music, the historical accuracy, the history, the accuracy of the firing of the cannonsπŸ˜€πŸ˜€, the cinematography, the acting, and not only Russell Crowe but Paul Bettany😊. I also have the DVD! We must be sisters at heart Sarah. πŸ€—

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      • I couldn’t agree more, Hannah!! πŸ˜€ Paul Bettany is just as awesome! I was so pleased when he played Charles Darwin in Creation! πŸ˜€
        And you’re the first ever woman I’ve come across who also love this genre of film and book! We must be sisters at heart indeed! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • Ah! My younger daughter definitely needs to be added to this club. My husband and I met through Northern (California) Renaissance Faire 45 years ago. We lived in Southern CA for 40+ years b/c that’s where my husband’s jobs were. (I was a teacher, so I could work anywhere.) When the girls were small “Southern” Faire changed locations and moved 5 miles from our house, so we returned to working our local Renn Faire each spring. (Each girl started reading Shakespeare on their own in 5th grade because their second language was literally Elizabethan English.) To work Renaissance Faire back in the day, you had to take 3 weekends of courses each year before Faire opened to the public to learn everything from learning how to speak Elizabethan English, to history, middle class life, how things were made and bartered, etc. One of the classes absolutely required was the Black Powder class if you were going to be working for a booth that shot cannons. I am the only one of the 4 of us who wasn’t black powder certified! (You use green florist foam as the “cannon ball.” It pulverizes once it leaves the cannon, so no one is ever hurt.) In other words, you truly shoot a cannon, it’s just that no cannon ball comes out. And if you shoot a cannon, the cannon recoils, just as a hand held firearm would. Most movies just stick prop canons – or even real ones – in place on the set, and the use a recorded sound of a cannon going off. And most people watching the movie don’t know the difference. Especially because the special effects staff can add in the smoke later. But Master and Commander actually used real canons, packed it with florist foam, and fired the darn things – you could tell because the canons actually RECOILED! My husband Fred and I went to see the movie in the theater (a real treat on a strapped budget), and when it came to the canons, I said to him, “I’ve GOT to bring Sarra to see this!” I then told her, when she was home from college one weekend, that I was going to take her to a movie and she just had to trust me that she would love it because it was very historically accurate. That took some doing because she has always hated surprises. But she came. She was thoroughly enjoying it, but when the canon scene came, and then the canons fired and recoiled, she just sighed, “I think I’m in love!”

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      • That sounds so wonderful about the Renaissance Faire!! I would love to visit one! And I can totally relate to your children starting reading Shakespeare all on their own in 5th grade! Admittedly I started in 7th (and German at the time) but me and my friends, who got the Shakespeare bug from me πŸ˜‰ , started talking like the people in his plays all the time – driving our parents mad no doubt. πŸ˜‰
        When I was older I started reading Shakespeare in the original and of course it is sooo much better! A couple of years back I was in London and was lucky to get a ticket for “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in the rebuilt Globe Theatre – it was absolutely marvelous! πŸ˜€
        And thanks for explaining about the cannons! I kept thinking “Damn! That looks really dangerous!” whenever I watched them firing the cannons in the movie what with them recoiling. But didn’t compare it to other similar movies then. I will now! πŸ˜€ I really love it when movies are historically correct! (I’m a bit of a history nerd, having studied Archeology and Art History at university. πŸ˜‰ )
        And how lovely that your younger daughter fell in love with the movie too – of course she has to join our club!! πŸ˜€

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      • Another movie that’s entirely different, but still somewhat historically accurate in its own way is “The 13th Warrior.” (1999, Antonio Banderas πŸ™‚ and a wonderfully elderly Omar Sharif.) It’s set in 922 C.E., and it’s loosely based on the Beowulf legend. (It’s classified as an “historical fiction action film.”) There is some mishmashing (that’ a made up word, don’t worry about your vocabulary) of time periods (the Tartars were historically 3 centuries later, etc). But the accuracy is is in the sets and the and way of life. There’s even a brief shot of a warrior actually sharpening his sword on a grinding wheel. (They must have gotten a sword maker as an extra for that shot!)
        In the beginning of the movie, the Vikings are supposed to be speaking Old Norse. Since there is a shortage of actors that speak both Old Norse and English (probably none), the language the Vikings are using is Norwegian. Icelandic is closer linguistically, but several of the main actors spoke Norwegian as their birth language, so the Norwegian was close enough to Old Norse to suffice. I own a disc of this movie as well as MaC, but you can get it on Netflix, if you subscribe to that.
        I’m so glad your English is fluent enough that you were able to read Shakespeare in the original language! I suspect that a lot of the poetry, play on words, and brilliance of Shakespeare gets lost in any translation.
        I guess you can tell I’m something of a history nerd as well, as is my younger daughter. And my husband Fred was what some people would call an amateur historian. Before we moved into this apartment, we had hundreds of history books on the shelf. He was a mathematician, but I could ask him almost any random question about history and he would almost always be able to answer it.
        Oh – and the horsemanship in 13th Warrior is marvelous!

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      • OMG!!! If it weren’t so good it would be creepy – I looooove The 13th Warrior and have probably watched it over a hundred times!!! πŸ˜€ And yes, the historic accuracy is wonderful (as are Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif πŸ˜‰ )- they even spoke Ancient Greek in the beginning and it was correct!! (You might guess from this that I’ve learned Ancient Greek at one point in my life πŸ˜‰ ). I was so thrilled when I watched it the first time – which scarily is ages ago! LOL! πŸ˜€ Remember that scene where they take a wash and all blow their nose into the water?! That was a bit too realistic and historically correct even for me! πŸ˜€ Sadly I don’t speak any Norwegian, or Old Norse, but I’ve read Beowulf in German back then. A truly magnificent tale.
        So, when we meet one day, we’ll have to watch MaC and The 13th warrior together. πŸ˜‰
        Oh yes, a lot is lost in translations and especially with Shakespeare I can’t help but shudder at times, even though I admit it really is difficult to translate it AND try to make it sound even remotely what the original sounds. Actually, I think it’s an impossible undertaking.
        I would have loved seeing those shelfs overflowing with history books and ask your husband weird historic questions. πŸ˜‰ Ah, how truly wonderful to have met you here, Hannah – I’m saying it all the time, but this proofs it again: blogging is so cool! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • Ah yes, all of them blowing their noses into the water. Antonio Banderas’ expression is priceless! That polite look of utter disgust!
        My Latin is really rusty, and was never good, but even I could figure out what “Non loquetur, quia mortuus est!” meant in real time. My younger daughter, whose Latin *is* good, and I just burst out laughing.🀣
        I have not read Beowulf, though it’s on my “to do” list. But our younger daughter and my husband swore by the Seamus Heaney translation. (Publication date of 2000.) It has the Old English on the left page and contemporary English on the right page. Although there was a new translation that came out just a few years ago that is also supposed to be excellent.
        We will definitely have to figure out a way to meet one day. How wonderful indeed to have met you here, Sarah! I love our conversations!❀️

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      • I bet Banderas didn’t need to put too much work into this expression. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for recommending the Seamus Heaney translation! I’m putting it on my list for winter reads – somehow I like certain books and tales better in winter than in summer. πŸ™‚ Having said that, I want to reread my Greek tragedies this summer, it’s been too long! πŸ˜€
        Really love our conversations too, Hannah! ❀ Which is why I'm sorry to have to inform you on my blog pause I'm planning this month (going to write a post about it today). This music challenge of mine was a little bit too exhausting, and I feel like I need to recharge those batteries before I can go on. But I will definitely keep checking and writing emails, if you'd like to continue our conversations there. It's: πŸ™‚

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      • I’m sure there is also an excellent German translation of Beowulf, but the remarkable thing about the Heaney translation is the sheer poetry (meaning beautifully written language in this case, as well as the rhythm and cadence) of the English. It conveys the beauty of the tale instead of being just a word for word type of translation. Fred used to read parts of it aloud to me. πŸ™‚

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      • Aww – that’s such a lovely memory, Hannah! Thank you for sharing it with me. πŸ™‚
        I will certainly look out for the Heaney translation as I’ve never been too pleased with the German ones anyway.

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      • Oh – and did you notice that Billy Boyd was both the coxswain in Master and Commander and Pippin in the Lord of the Ring movies? As soon as he appeared on screen in MaC, I said out loud, “What’s Pippin doing on that ship???” πŸ˜‚

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      • I DID!!! πŸ˜€ I was so excited when I saw him and kept saying: “That’s Pippin! That’s Pippin!” πŸ˜€ You should have seen my friend’s faces – they were completely flabbergasted! πŸ˜‰
        Ah – wish we could watch MaC together – we would have so much fun! πŸ˜€

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  2. In the world of classical music – and Western culture in general – the name of Bach is a monument. His Cello suite is a slice of heaven. Thanks for sharing it with us, Sarah. I also love Vivaldi, Chopin and Mozart. Such a great selection of quotes you have chosen too!

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    • My pleasure, dear friend! πŸ˜€ Love Vivaldi, Chopin and Mozart too! And Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Puccini, Strauss… well, you get the idea. πŸ˜‰

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      • Ha, you’re a real music lover! Do you listen to classical music when you are drawing? For my part, I can’t write in the context of my work with music, especially if there are words, because I start to hum and it distracts me. I need silence. On the other hand, classical music stimulates my creativity when I write literary texts or when I do doodles. Have a wonderful week ahead Sarah.

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      • It’s the same for me – no music when I paint or draw because I get to enthusiastic with it and start singing or humming. But I do love listening to audio books when I paint, those help me focusing instead of distracting me. πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful week ahead too, dear friend! πŸ˜€ xoxo

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      • I’ve not tried audio books yet but it is on my list of things I want to do. I unfortunately do not read as much as I used to ( I mean since I started to blog) and audio books would probably allow me to solve part of the problem. Keep well Sarah. xoxo

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      • You really should give it a try, audio books are a wonderful way to catch up with your reading without having to actually read! πŸ˜€ Sometimes I’m too tired to read before going to sleep, but still too wired from the day as to easily drift off. Audiobooks can help there too, if they’re not too suspenseful that is! πŸ˜‰ Happy Wednesday , dear friend! xoxo

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  3. So beautiful. I love the words you have chosen to sit with the music. My heart’s doing little flips and soars.

    Incidentally, I listened to this piece a few days ago when it was a guest’s choice on Desert Island Discs (BBC radio 4 show). The guest was Derek Brown, a British illusionist, and I had expected to dislike him and his music, but founded myself really impressed by his musical choices, and more so by his thinking. That should teach me to check my prejudices at the door!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Su! πŸ˜„
      I’ve heard about Desert Island Discs but never actually listened to it, going to put this on my To-Do list! That’s really interesting about the illusionist managing to make you like him after all through but not only by his music choices. I had that happened to me too this week, not via the radio but for real when a handyman changed my kitchen window for a new model. My first impression of him changed completely as soon as we started talking to each other, mainly books and politics etc. 😊

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    • Oh wow! I didn’t knew you played the violin, Jacqui! How wonderful that you’ve mastered that technique in the end! It’s such an amazing piece, I always marvel at the wonder that is the human hand and mind, working together to let these notes fly high into the air! May I ask why you stopped playing it?

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    • I have a deep loving for cello music, Tracy. The violin is wonderful too, of course, but sometimes I just need those deeper, more voluminous sounds that only the cello can produce. Wish I could play it!

      No problem about the pingbacks, hope they’re visible now??

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